Tottenham are reportedly interested in signing Belgium defender Nicolas Lombaerts, according to SportsDirect News. 

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas wants to bring in a new defender after the departure of William Gallas - and it's believed that Spurs have been keeping tabs on Lombaerts, who is currently at Zenit St. Petersburg. 

Lombaerts is primarily a centre back but can also fill in at left-back. He has been compared with current Spurs centre-back Jan Vertonghen and has made 21 appearances for the Belgian national team, scoring two goals.

The 28-year-old has only one year left on his current deal at Zenit, so the Russian club may be forced to sell the defender this summer. Lombaerts has made over 100 appearances for Zenit, scoring eight goals.

The Belgian is a commanding presence in defence. He is tall and has good aerial ability. He is strong with decent pace and is not afraid to go in for big tackles. Lombaert's physicality means he would suit the English game.

Lombaerts would cost around £5-7m, and Zenit would be reluctant to part ways with him as he was an integral part of the squad last year. 

Lombaerts would yet be another Belgian to join the Premier League. He would find settling in at Spurs easier with Jan Vertonghen and Moussa Dembele already at the club.

Spurs might need to fight off various clubs for his signature, including Chelsea, who have previous interest in the player.


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