Everton will beat Tottenham in the race for Romelu Lukaku – if they reach the Champions League.

The 20-year-old striker’s agent has admitted holding talks with Spurs, among other interested parties. But clubs keen on the marksman have already been told he is seeking Champions League football next season – and that could rule out the White Hart Lane club.

Chelsea want £25million for Lukaku, who is not part of Jose Mourinho’s plans - and their London rivals have the finance to meet such a big price tag.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is willing to lure the frontman with a huge increase in his £40,000-a-week wages, but his club's hopes of a top-four finish are fading.

The Toffees, in contrast, will increase their chances of making Lukaku's season-long loan permanent if they beat Arsenal – one place and four points above them in fourth – in their Goodison Park showdown on Sunday.

Speaking in Belgium to newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, Lukaku’s agent Christophe Henrotay said: “I’m looking for a club for Romelu. 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.