Spurs spring surprise move for unwanted Chelsea speed merchant

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That Tottenham are widening the net in search of attacking pace shouldn’t surprise, after the Lilywhites’ moves for new Atletico Madrid signing Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and staying-put Southampton star Jay Rodriguez fell flat, but the latest rumoured object of their desires certainly is a shock.

Having exhausted a number of options, including Ferreira Carrasco, Rodriguez, Manchester United-bound Memphis Depay and Everton’s Kevin Mirallas, Spurs have been strongly linked with an £8m move for Chelsea forgotten man Victor Moses.

The Nigerian international struggled on loan at Liverpool two terms back, scoring just once and failing to provide any assists in 19 Premier League appearances, only six of which were starts, but fared markedly better during a temporary stay at Stoke last season.

Moses managed three goals and three assists in 19 Premier League outing (all starts) under Mark Hughes in 2014/15, and the Welsh gaffer’s recent praise for the wide-forward suggested he’d like to have kept him in the Potteries.

Spurs chief Mauricio Pochettino was clearly keeping tabs on the 24-year-old too, but some in the media speculate a deal with the Blues may not be straightforward.

As reported in the Mirror, bad blood exists between the two London clubs, after Chelsea pinched Spurs director of football Frank Arnesen 10 years ago, while the Lilywhites refused to do business with the Blues over Luka Modric 12 months before selling the midfielder to Real Madrid in 2012.

If a deal can be struck, a chain reaction is expected by the inhabitants of Rumourville, with Chelsea reportedly planning to step up their bid to land Spain’s World Cup-winning wide-man Pedro from Barcelona.

Pochettino finally landing a forward may also mean England international Andros Townsend’s White Hart Lane departure hastens, although it seems Spurs aren’t budging on their £15m valuation of the Newcastle, Aston Villa and Sunderland-linked winger.

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Iain Houten

Iain has been contributing pieces to various websites on an array of subjects, including sports, politics and art, for over four years. Despite blue being his favourite colour, the teams he supports all wear red.