Spurs keeping an eye on young Anderlecht left-back.
Tottenham are keeping tabs on the progress of exciting young left-back Jordan Lukaku, the younger brother of Everton striker Romelu, ahead of a possible move next summer, CaughtOffside understands.
The Belgian starlet is one of many up-and-coming talents from that part of the world at the moment, and Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas believes he may be the long-term solution to his problems at left-back.
Having tried and failed to sign the likes of Fabio Coentrao, Alvaro Pereira and Luke Shaw during the summer, Spurs have had to make do with Danny Rose as first choice in that position, and Villas-Boas remains unconvinced by the England youngster as a regular starter.
However, he may be willing to wait another season before bringing Lukaku to White Hart Lane, as the 19-year-old is currently tied down to a loan deal with Oostende for the season from parent club Anderlecht.
Spurs may be able to reach an agreement in January for Lukaku to make the move to north London in the summer, though it is understood that the Portuguese coach will continue to send scouts to watch the promising player’s performances throughout this season as he considers other options for the left-hand side of his defence as well.
21-year-old Wolfsburg left-back Ricardo Rodriguez is also on Villas-Boas’ shortlist, with the Swiss international looking a highly promising player in the Bundesliga and at international level.
Lukaku has also been linked with Arsenal in the past, though the Gunners are well stocked in that department and their interest may have cooled since the signing of Nacho Monreal earlier this year and the improvement in form of Kieran Gibbs.
His older brother Romelu also started his career at Anderlecht and has gone on to enjoy great success in the Premier League since leaving the Belgian club in 2011, signing first with Chelsea and then enjoying his time out on loan first with West Brom and this season with Everton.
Jordan is also rated highly and could join fellow countrymen Moussa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen and Nacer Chadli at Tottenham, as well as a growing Belgian contingent in the Premier League, with other national team stars such as Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard and Christian Benteke also plying their trade in English football at the moment.
Spurs most recently watched Lukaku feature for Belgium’s Under-20 side in their defeat to Italy on Monday, and were also said to be scouting 16-year-old wonderkid Youri Tielemans, as they prepare to build an exciting young team for the future.