Tottenham reportedly still pursuing Lille's Sofiane Boufal; who could he replace at Spurs?


Tottenham are still reportedly keen on Lille playmaker Sofiane Boufal.

According to the London Evening Standard, Tottenham Hotspur are still keen on signing Lille playmaker Sofiane Boufal, despite having chosen not to move for him in January.

The 22-year-old has starred for Lille ever since signing from Angers in January 2015, hitting ten goals and eight assists in just over a year with Lille.

It's stated by the London Evening Standard that Tottenham were keen on Boufal in January but chose not to bid, and are still interested ahead of the summer transfer window.

Capable of playing out wide or as a No. 10, Boufal is a tricky customer with great technical ability, but any move from Spurs for him will likely raise questions about competition for places.

Mauricio Pochettino has Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela, Joshua Onomah, summer signing Son Heung-min and West Brom loanee Alex Pritchard all capable of playing out wide or as attacking midfielders, meaning some fans would wonder where Boufal would fit in.

It's unlikely that Eriksen or Alli would be leaving the club, whilst a big bid from an Italian club may at least make Tottenham consider selling former Roma star Lamela this summer, even after his improvement under Pochettino this season.

With Son, it's again unlikely that Tottenham would let him leave after less than a year at the club, but they could convert him to play as a striker full-time having used him there in patches of the season as a backup to Harry Kane, whilst a loan move for Joshua Onomah could be hugely beneficial next term.

The major candidates for the chop would be Nacer Chadli or Alex Pritchard. Chadli has been solid since signing from Twente in 2013, but if Spurs are viewing themselves as long-term title challengers, the Belgian international may be seen as a player who can be improved upon at White Hart Lane.

Pritchard, currently on loan at West Brom, has been loaned out on a number of occasions now, and at almost 23, he may feel that he needs to play regular first team football at this stage of his career - something which would become even harder if Boufal signs.

Right now, a deal for Boufal is a long, long way away, but with Spurs allegedly still keen, Pochettino must consider selling a player to make way for the Frenchman this summer rather than stockpile players who may not play.

Would you prefer Boufal over any of Tottenham's current options?

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