Tottenham eyeing 'best foreign player in the Russian championship'

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Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a bid for Nicolas Lombaerts, voted the 'best foreign player in the Russian championship' last season.

Tottenham made a move last summer for Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen and it has been a huge success, with the player voted into the PFA Team of the Year by his peers.

They have been heavily linked with another over the past few months, Ajax's Toby Alderweireld, but he now seems set to move to Roma.

But top quality Belgian defenders are not so rare these days, with 28-year-old Nicolas Lombaerts the latest to catch Tottenham's eye.

Russian newspaper Izvestia has reported that Andre Villas-Boas is interested in bringing Lombaerts to White Hart Lane, to unite him with Vertonghen in defence.

Lombaerts has 21 international caps for Belgium, with his most recent international one coming this February, and also has the capability to play at left-back.

He plays currently for Zenit St Petersburg, having featured in the club's unsuccessful Champions League and Europa League run, while making 22 appearances in the Russian Premier League this campaign.

The interesting aspect for Spurs is that Lombaerts has just one year remaining on his current contract, allowing Tottenham or any other suitor to potentially buy him for a knock down price this coming summer.

He has been at Zenit since 2007 when he signed from Belgian club Gent, although missed the final run of the club's 2008 UEFA Cup success through a knee injury.

As Izvestia reports, at the end of last season Lombaerts was voted the best foreign player in the Russian championship.

If Lombaerts was to be signed, then it would surely signal the end of William Gallas' Tottenham career, and potentially spell trouble for Michael Dawson.

This one is a long way off approaching a deal yet, and is just a link between the clubs, but if Spurs do want to sign a defender at his peak who has proven ability to adapt to a foreign league, Lombaerts could just be excellent value.

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