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Spurs targeting Jordan Lukaku, brother of Everton’s Romelu

According to reports from The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing a transfer swoop for Lazio defender Jordan Lukaku.

What’s the word?

That surname will sound familiar and with good reason – Jordan is the younger (and slightly shorter) brother of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. Like many a Belgium international, the left-back has been linked with a Premier League move for some time, with Arsenal and Spurs amongst five English clubs reported to be targeting him ahead of the summer transfer window.

Lukaku did leave Oostende during the off-season but signed for Lazio instead. He’s gone on to feature in just over half of their Serie A fixtures so far this season but nonetheless, The Sun claim Spurs are targeting the 22-year-old as “the long-term left-back option at White Hart Lane.”

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Do Spurs need another left-back?

On the surface, no. Under Mauricio Pochettino, Danny Rose has established himself as one of the best No.3s in Europe, especially in terms of getting forward and providing width on the counter-attack. He signed a new contract in September and still aged just 26, will expect to be Spurs’ first choice for another few seasons at the very least.

The England international is understudied by Ben Davies, another impressive left-back option considering his performances for Wales at Euro 2016, suggesting there’s no room at the inn for Lukaku.

But the report does tacitly hint at a Davies departure. Plenty of Premier League clubs would happily have the former Swansea City defender at their disposal, so perhaps Lukaku is being targeted as a replacement. A few years younger than Davies and relatively inexperienced in European football, he might be more willing to play second fiddle to Rose.

Here’s a look at how Lukaku’s form has compared to Spurs’ left-backs this season, courtesy of Squawka: