Popular boxer Tony Bellew welcomes Romelu Lukaku to Everton

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Scouse favourite Tony Bellew was excited by the latest Everton transfer news and new recruit Romelu Lukaku was swift to respond.

It has been a good month for 31-year-old cruiserweight boxer Tony Bellew (22-2-1, 14ko).

The popular Scouser dispatched of experienced 200-pounder Julio Cesar dos Santos at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on July 12, edging him closer to a grudge rematch against fellow Brit Nathan Cleverly in a dust-up that will propel the winner into world title contention - perhaps against WBO don Marco Huck.

Just weeks later, Bellew - who wears the Everton badge on his shorts - would be celebrating the confirmation of Ross Barkley's contract extension and the acquisition of physically-adept goalscorer Romelu Lukaku, who last night transferred from Chelsea to the Goodison Park club in a £28 million deal on a five year basis.

Bellew was swift to welcome the hulking Belgian to the club on his official Twitter account: "Well it's finally official - welcome home big man," before adding 'Come on you Blues'.

To which Lukaku responded: "Thanks! I hope to see you soon lad!"

Due to his ability to separate an opponent from his senses, hard-punching Bellew - who has operated at world-level with fights against Adonis Stevenson, Isaac Chilemba, Edison Miranda, Nathan Cleverly and Ovill McKenzie - is an attraction at the gate and has even been supported ringside by former Everton boss David Moyes.

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Will Lukaku be ringside when Bellew goes to war with Cleverly later this year?

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