Everton will beat Tottenham Hotspur to the £25million signing of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, as long as they qualify for the Champions League next season.
The Daily Mirror reports how the Belgium international's agent has already held talks with the north London club over the possibility of a summer transfer to White Hart Lane, but has advised Spurs that the 20-year-old wants to play in Europe's elite club competition in 2014/15.
Lukaku's ambition looks like ending any chance of Tottenham securing the Chelsea loanee's signature, and gives Toffees boss Roberto Martinez reason to be optimistic of securing the player's permanent services at Goodison Park.
With Jose Mourinho having deemed Lukaku surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, the on-loan Everton star looks certain to leave Chelsea when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
"I'm looking for a club for Romelu," confirmed agent Christophe Henrotay in an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. "And, yes, I've talked to Daniel Levy once, but that doesn't mean Romelu will definitely join Spurs. That's not a talking point at this moment.
"There aren't 20 teams that can afford to buy Romelu. He won't be going from Everton to, let's say, Swansea."
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy wants to lure Lukaku to the club by offering him a huge increase in his current £40,000-a-week wages, but it's still believed that Everton will be better placed to sign him if they finish in the Premier League's top four.
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