Spurs prepare January bid for ‘New Eden Hazard’

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According to reports from London Evening Standard this morning, Tottenham Hotspur are lining up a January swoop for Lille prodigy Sofiane Boufal – who has been dubbed ‘the new Eden Hazard’. 

The Chelsea star and 2015 PFA Player of the Year also made his name with the French outfit, helping them secure the Ligue 1 title in 2011 before bagging 22 goals during his ultimate campaign at Stade Pierre-Mauroy – paving the way for a £32million move to west London in summer 2012.

Attacking midfielder Boufal, meanwhile, joined Lille from Angers in January this year but has already established himself as a pivotal influence in their starting Xi, bagging three goals in eight league appearances this season.

He also tops Ligue 1’s dribble charts with 32 successful take-ons this term and is second in the creativity rankings, conjuring up 3.6 scoring chances per match. 

According to The Standard, Tottenham have been paying close attention to the French market ever since Paul Mitchell took over as the club’s head of recruitment last November and particularly the 22 year-old, who has already been capped by Morocco at senior level.

They were considering a £12million bid in August and will likely try again when the market reopens in January. But The Standard speculate that they will have to offer considerably more after Monaco sold Anthony Martial to Manchester United for £36million this summer – which has inflated the prices of Ligue 1’s developing prospects.

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