Mousa Dembele's problematic position on the periphery of Tottenham Hotspur's starting XI could be solved by a January transfer to Manchester United.
It's not often you'd recommend a player to move to Old Trafford in search of more regular first-team football, but given the huge competition for places at Spurs, and United's lack of creative midfield talent, it's a deal that stands to suit all parties.
Aside from the fact that Tottenham would be strengthening a direct title rival, Andre Villas-Boas might be better off selling the Belgium international, to avoid the risk of causing any unrest in the White Hart Lane camp.
And anyway, it's not like Daniel Levy hasn't done business with United before, given the former club-record sales of Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov to the Premier League champions.
Dembele has made no secret of his current unhappiness at the bit-part role he has inherited in north London, less than 18 months after he joined the club from Fulham in a £15million deal.
Despite making 19 appearances in all competitions this season, he has struggled to hold down a regular place in the side, and started only two of Tottenham's last five games.
In the most recent Premier League encounter, prior to the international break, Dembele was hauled off at half-time of the 1-0 defeat against Newcastle, and continues to fall victim to Villas-Boas's cautious tactical approach, which places an emphasis on defending at the expense of innovative attacking intent.
"The coach has explained that he makes a tactical choice, he wants more defensive players in midfield," he recently confirmed in an interview with Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblade. "I can't be satisfied with it, of course, I just want to play as many games."
With just nine goals in 11 games in 2013/14, it's unclear why the 26-year-old has not been utilised more regularly by the Portuguese coach, with his attributes seemingly perfect to fill the creative void in the final third at Spurs.
At Manchester United, David Moyes is also crying out for a player of Dembele's quality, given that Carrick is the only midfielder currently justifying his place in the first-team.
Comfortable on the ball, and boasting a steely grit and determination to compliment his guile, the playmaker would almost certainly jump ahead of the likes of Tom Cleverley and Anderson in the Red Devils pecking order, and could even play further upfield, between the midfield and forward lines.
Dembele's arrival at Old Trafford might also help eek the best out of international team-mate Marouane Fellaini, who has so far underwhelmed following his £27.5million switch from Everton in September.
What's certain is that the Spurs star cannot continue to settle for a bench role, particularly in a World Cup year, where he is looking to cement his place in Marc Wilmots's Belgium squad, for the 2014 finals in Brazil next summer.
As long as Tottenham can recoup all the money they spent on Dembele less than two years ago, there is no reason why a Manchester United transfer couldn't happen at the turn of the year.
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