Tottenham Hotspur fans might have been disappointed to miss out on one Belgian international this week, with Christian Benteke agreeing a new contract with Aston Villa, but they are apparently close to completing a move for FC Twente’s Nacer Chadli.
Reports in Belgium have suggested a €7million move for the 24-year-old is imminent, with Chadli available at a reduced price as his contract expires next summer.
Spurs are keen to add some depth to their attacking resources, with Aaron Lennon’s injury problems leaving them short of options on the wings at points last season. Andros Townsend is also expected to be part of Andre Villas-Boas’ plans next season, with Chadli competing with the 22-year-old and Lennon for a starting place.
Chadli offers more of a goal threat than either man, and is able to play in a central position as well as on either flank. The towering winger was generally used on the left side at Twente last season, and he might operate there for Spurs as Gareth Bale takes up a new role on the right side of their attack.
A move for Chadli could see Spurs end their interest in Brazilian winger Bernard, but with the Belgian a considerably cheaper option than the 20-year-old, it could free up funds for a new striker, which reportedly remains Spurs’ primary target this summer after Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor’s sub-par performances last year.
Having missed out on David Villa and Benteke, Spurs are apparently ready to make a club record bid of around £18million for Valencia’s Roberto Soldado, although the Spanish team might hold out for a fee nearer the 28-year-old’s €30million release clause.
Bringing in Chadli looks a smart move from all angles, strengthening what will be a vital part of the squad if Villas-Boas switches to a 4-3-3 formation at a bargain price. If the move does go through, Chadli will join his fellow Belgian internationals Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele at White Hart Lane and hope for similar success.
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