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Spurs to make Mata move - but do they really need him?

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Tottenham have joined the race for the signature of Juan Mata, according to the Daily Express.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas will ask chairman Daniel Levy to open the chequebook once again in January, with a move for Mata high on AVB's transfer wish-list.

The report claims that Spurs have substantial funds and will be able to sign a couple of players once the January transfer window opens.

It also adds Spurs will target a defender and a striker and Tottenham will try to sign Mata if they fail to sign anyone else.

It has yet to be seen if Chelsea would be willing to sell Mata to a direct rival.

Jose Mourinho has already said that he will use Oscar as his number 10 and this means Mata will only have a peripheral role at Chelsea - the Spaniard would not be willing to sit on the bench, especially in a World Cup year.

Mata has been Chelsea's best player for the past two seasons and has scored 32 goals and provided 60 assists in 120 games.

Yet Mourinho has relegated the talented Spaniard to the bench since his arrival in the summer for his second stint at the Stamford Bridge, and with that he has proved that he hasn't come back just to make the fans happy.

If Chelsea decide to sell Mata to Tottenham, the north London side will have a problem.

Spurs will then have Cristian Eriksen, Lewis Holtby, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Mata in the attacking midfielder position.

Villas-Boas is an admirer of the Spaniard, but Mata isn't needed at the White Hart Lane.

All of Eriksen, Holtby and Sigurdsson have impressed since the start of the season and they have scored four goals and have provided four assists.

All of them are young, very talented and have adapted to Spurs' team and Villas-Boas is currently rotating them very well and all are playing very good football.

In the end, Mata will have to work hard to earn back his place in Mourinho's starting XI. Mata's place is at Chelsea and he will be a big loss if sold.

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