Reports claim that West Ham are considering a £16m move for Nacer Chadli in the summer.
The Belgian was one of the most improved players in Mauricio Pochettino’s debut season at Spurs, scoring 13 goals and cementing a place in the starting lineup.
This season has seen more competition for places and Chadli has often had to sit on the bench to make room for Dele Alli or Heung-Min Son in the team. Nevertheless, Chadli has still scored some important goals and with eight so far, could easily hit double figures again.
Yet despite his improved contributions there is still a sense that Chadli is a player who doesn’t bring enough to the table, beyond goals. The proposed fee of £16m also represents a decent profit on a player that cost £7m when he joined from Twente.
Whether West Ham would be the right club to sell Chadli to, is another matter. Beyond the obvious fact that they are a local rival of Tottenham, they are fast becoming a rival on the pitch.
The Hammers are in great form and could quite conceivably qualify for the Champions League alongside Spurs. With their impending move to the Olympic Stadium, the days of West Ham being a mid-table club who offer little threat could be gone.
It would therefore be something of a risk to help them strengthen their squad with a player that we know can score goals in the Premier League. Would you let Nacer Chadli go?