In response, the Express claims Tottenham are now set to make a bid for Samuel Eto'o after being put off by Zenit's move for the Belgian.
As far as Everton is concerned nothing much has changed, Roberto Martinez said earlier this month that any deal for Lukaku would probably be resolved near the end of the transfer window and I still believe that is the case.
Zenit certainly have the finance to put together a hefty package to lure Lukaku to Russia, though their recent punishment for breaking FFP regulations may limit their spending this summer.
There is also the big question of whether Lukaku would want to move to the Russian Premier League, given his sky high ambition and desire to play in Europe's best divisions.
Rumours like this seem like bluster from agents or guesswork from newspapers. There are clearly a lot of clubs interested in Lukaku but it is difficult to tell the difference between mere passing interest or something more substantial.