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Chelsea eye big money move for Tottenham reject

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Chelsea are considering a sensational big money bid for prolific Ajax striker Mounir El Hamdaoui.

The Moroccan forward, who spent a season at Tottenham five years ago, has often operated in the shadow of Luis Suarez at the Amsterdam Arena.

But he has been grabbing all the headlines this season with 13 goals already, while strike-partner Suarez has failed to find the net in seven Eredivisie matches.

Chelsea have been alerted to the Moroccan international's impressive form, whilst Manchester United and Manchester City have also been linked with an attempt to bring him back to the Premier League.

El Hamdaoui might be remembered by Tottenham fans as he spent a forgettable season at White Hart Lane under Martin Jol in 2005. His miserable season ended in him making no appearances for Spurs, but did manage to appear nine times on loan at Pride Park with Derby.

The striker, now 26, is rated at £17.5 million following an explosive start to the season, none more so than in the Champions League.

Sources in the Dutch press have suggested that Chelsea are the favourites to land the forward and Carlo Ancelotti is reported to have said he "loved" El Hamdaoui's style of play.

Chelsea are likely to face competition for the hitman's signature from Juventus and Atletico Madrid, who are also tracking the striker, as well as competition from teams closer to home.

Ancelotti believes the striker, who has been compared to Dutch legend Dennis Bergkamp, would give the Blues a different dimension to current stickers Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.

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