London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United are set to go head-to-head for Nigerian winger Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow, according to reports in the player's homeland.
Both sides are looking to add quality in their wide positions. Spurs have Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela, Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon, but injury and form issues have meant none of them have consolidated their place in Mauricio Pochettino's first choice XI at White Hart Lane.
Sam Allardyce has used a diamond system in midfield this season, with Stewart Downing playing at the top of the four, so the need for a new wide player when the likes of Matt Jarvis are out in the cold is not as pressing for the Hammers at Upton Park.
However, Musa's outstanding form this season has seemingly impressed both managers. The Nigerian international has plenty of pace and a direct style that would suit both teams.
His eight goals in all competitions this season, coupled with a contract with two years still remaining, would mean CSKA's asking price will be high, but with the Russian economy suffering and dragging down player wages, English sides could make an appealing offer.
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In Pochettino's 4-2-3-1 system, the wide men need to both score and create goals, as well as help to defend from the front. Only Chadli has come up with a goal return that is acceptable (six this season), but given how exposed the Tottenham Hotspur full backs have been at times, there is clearly room for improvement.
Musa's ability going backwards would be the only possible concern for Spurs, but the manager is sure to assess his options with the January transfer window now only days away from opening.
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