Tottenham to make bid for Mohamed Salah

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Tottenham are lining up a £13 million bid for Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah - and hope to complete a deal to sign the Egypt international when the transfer window re-opens in January.

The Essex Chronicle cite reports as claiming that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to bolster his attacking options by securing the 22-year-old’s signature.

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Salah has struggled at Stamford Bridge

Salah arrived at Stamford Bridge at the start of the year, completing an £11 million transfer from Basel in January, but has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular under Jose Mourinho.

He made 11 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring two Premier League goals, but has only featured once at the start of this new campaign.

Mourinho has preferred to field the likes of Eden Hazard, Andre Schurrle and Willian over Salah, who could feature in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup third round tie against Bolton Wanderers.

Salah can get career back on track at Spurs

But the chance to get his career back on track by playing regular first-team football with Spurs is likely to appeal to Salah. He knows that his career will be in danger of stalling should he continue to spend time on the bench at Stamford Bridge and may decide that it’s in his best interests to move on in the New Year.

Chelsea are unlikely to sanction a loan deal - Tottenham, after all, are expected to be competing for a top-four finish come the end of the season - but may agree to sell should it entail making a £2 million profit.

But with Chelsea competing for four trophies this season, Mourinho may decide to keep Salah at Stamford Bridge, unless a replacement can be found in January.

Tottenham adjusting to life under Pochettino

Tottenham have endured a mixed start to the 2014/15 campaign under Pochettino. The north London outfit currently sit ninth in the Premier League table, having picked up seven points from their opening five matches, and have failed to recover since losing 3-0 to Liverpool at the end of August.

Spurs began their Premier League season with successive victories over West Ham and QPR, but were beaten by Liverpool, held to a 2-2 draw with Sunderland and defeated at home by lowly West Brom - their most disappointing result of the new campaign.

Pochettino might be keen to sign Salah as an alternative for Nacer Chadli or Erik Lamela. Both wingers have started the season brightly, but neither could be classed as either consistent or reliable.

Salah, though, has the ability to become a star at White Hart Lane - but will Chelsea sell?

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