Tottenham ready to step up chase for Chelsea star

Tottenham are keen to push through a £15m summer move for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, according to reports from The Metro.

The Belgian hit-man has spent the last season and a half away from Stamford Bridge on loan with West Brom and now Everton, carving out a reputation as one of the Premier League’s most feared forwards.

But his future at Chelsea appears to be bleak, with Jose Mourinho rumoured not to be a fan of the 20-year-old.

This has alerted Spurs, who have made landing the burly striker their top priority heading into the next transfer window.

Chairman Daniel Levy is believed to be ready to sanction moves for top names even though Tim Sherwood’s position as manager at White Hart Lane looks shaky at best, and is ready to lodge a £15m offer for Lukaku when the season ends.

Although the figure falls short of the reported £20m it took Chelsea to bring the forward to England from Anderlecht, he is hopeful that they will accept as Mourinho plans his own attacking additions.

Everton are also likely to enter the battle, while continental teams such as Roma and Atletico Madrid are watching the striker who has netted 15 goals this term.

Adding further fuel to speculation of a move, Lukaku’s agent has also hinted that a transfer could be on:

“It’s all going to depend on Chelsea. We’ll see together what the best options are,” said Christope Henrotay.

“Chelsea need lots of great strikers. And if there are too many, they’ll choose to allow Romelu to leave.”