Tottenham have come into the race to get Chelsea target Romelu Lukaku’s signature in the summer, according to reports from ESPN.
Lukaku has been valued by the Daily Mail at £26 million, with the striker scoring 12 goals over the last season for Belgian Pro League side Anderlecht.
The 17 year old has already made nine appearances for the Belgian international squad, and has often been compared to Didier Drogba for his high level of skill at such a young age.
"I'm flattered to be compared to a player like Drogba but I insist in being my own player,” Lukaku told reporters in an interview about his comparison to the Chelsea striker.
It was long thought that Chelsea had all but tied up a deal with the wonderkid, but with Tottenham now involved in the game, the price will surely be driven up.
Both Tottenham and Chelsea have the budget for Lukaku, but with Chelsea holding more money overall in their bank account for player spending, it was seen that Chelsea would be favourites to nab the star.
But Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is reportedly unhappy with the current Spurs forward line, with Peter Crouch, Jermaine Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko only scoring eleven goals between them in the Barclays Premier League so far this season.
Redknapp could well demand from Tottenham’s owners that he be given a substantial cash injection to be given the opportunity to buy a good quality striker, a position for which Lukaku would be perfect.