Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane evenly-matched before shootout at White Hart Lane - Everton's Ronald Koeman

James Benge

Everton manager Ronald Koeman can’t see much difference between the quality of Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane as two of the Premier League’s top scorers prepare for a shoot-out at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham striker Kane and Lukaku are neck and neck with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez at the top of the Premier League scoring chart with 17 goals to their names.

Ahead of Tottenham’s meeting with Everton on Sunday the pair are in fine fettle in front of goal. Lukaku having scored eight in eight in 2017 whilst Kane’s 12 in 11 this year is a tally only bettered by Lionel Messi in Europe’s top five leagues.

Koeman can’t see much to separate two of the league’s most formidable front men.

“Both have 17 goals, both are really top strikers and top finishers. I don’t see much difference in that aspect.

“Kane is scoring goals but he will always score goals. In his movement, maybe Romelu is physically a little stronger than Kane.”

Koeman added: “Romelu on a long run is still a bit faster physically and stronger, but Kane is clever in his movements. Both need support and creativity from other players behind them. Kane has a lot of support from Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and the full-backs.”

Earlier this week Lukaku’s agent Mino Raiol revealed that his client is set to extend his contract at Everton, which currently expires in 2019, but the forward remains a target for several of Europe’s top sides.

Chelsea are among those suitors but Everton put a sizeable price tag of £70million on Lukaku last summer and Koeman is desperate for his star man to put pen to paper on new terms.

However if the worst came to the worst Koeman joked he might have already found an alternative.

“If we lost Lukaku and we could get Kane, then yes, of course, but that’s not realistic.

“I have always wanted Romelu to sign a new contract as soon as possible but it’s not a question of one or two weeks. I haven’t heard anything about the situation. Maybe next week I will get an update.”

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