Rio Mavuba compares reported Tottenham target Sofiane Boufal to Chelsea star Eden Hazard

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The talented midfielder is believed to be on Spurs' radar, with a January approach a possibility.

Lille captain Rio Mavuba has compared team-mate Soufiane Boufal to the club’s most successful export in recent years, Eden Hazard.

Boufal has been in excellent form this season – scoring three times in his eight appearances so far – and the attacking midfielder shares some striking similarities with the Chelsea forward.

He is excellent technically, has a great turn of pace and a fondness for taking people on, and if he can get anywhere close to level reached by Hazard - he'd have done very well indeed.

His skipper noted that while the potential is clearly there, there is still a lot for the 22-year old to improve on - meaning any prospective suitors would be receiving a work in progress.

“He reminds me of Eden (Hazard) when he was playing here. It is striking, he likes the ball, even if he plays too much sometimes. But he is young, you have to let him grow,” said Mavuba, in quotes published by the London Evening Standard.

Spurs have been linked with the Lille man recently and reports emerged – via the likes of Mercato365 – that the club had a deadline day bid for Boufal turned down.

The Standard’s report suggests the Lilywhites will go back in for the Ligue 1 star in January and his profile seems to fit the criteria Mauricio Pochettino desires in his attackers.

Heung-Min Son and Clinton N’Jie are both pacey, versatile and technically astute forwards, and Boufal certainly fits that bill.

His arrival in January would provide another welcome option in attack, with Harry Kane still to find his feet and Nacer Chadli and Andros Townsend both flattering to deceive.

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