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Tottenham to open talks with Chelsea over Romelu Lukaku

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Tottenham are preparing to open talks with Premier League rivals Chelsea over a £15m deal for Romelu Lukaku, reports the Metro.

Spurs are looking to reinforce their forward line after Roberto Soldado failed to adapt to life in the Premier League following his £26m move from Valencia.

A lack of sharpness up front has been cited as the main reason Tottenham have failed to break into the top four this season and Daniel Levy has placed Lukaku at the top of his transfer list.

Levy will be aware that a good World Cup for the Belgium international will see his asking price soar so are keen to get negotiations underway before the World Cup starts in June.

Jose Mourinho does not see a future for Lukaku at Stamford Bridge and is ready to listen to offers for him, although Chelsea are likely to demand at least the £20m they reportedly paid for him in 2012.

Lukaku's agent today admitted that a move was possible.

Quoted in the Metro, Christope Henrotay said: "It’s all going to depend on Chelsea. We’ll see together what the best options are.

"Chelsea need lots of great strikers. And if there are too many, they’ll choose to allow Romelu to leave.’Lukaku has bagged 15 goals in 32 matches for Everton this season."

The 20-year-old is attracting interest from various clubs and it is likely Tottenham's north London rivals Arsenal will have a say in the matter before a deal is allowed to be completed.

Arsenal are in desperate need of a striker for next season and were reportedly ready to enter the race, but Mourinho has shown a reluctance to sell to the Gunners in the past. A deal to take Demba Ba to the Emirates on loan was cancelled at the last minute because Mourinho feared the Senegalese, paired with Mesut Ozil, could win the title.

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