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Spurs enter Azzedine Ounahi race

Tottenham Hotspur are the latest side to be linked with a move for Azzedine Ounahi, who recently became a “revelation” at the World Cup for Morrocco, in the words of talent scout Jacek Kulig.

There are a whole host of clubs that were left impressed by the 22-year-old dynamo and according to Italian outlet La Repubblica (via Sport Witness), Spurs have made their move by making contact with his current club, Angers SCO.

It’s thought that the Ligue 1 outfit are asking for at least €35m (£30m) to consider a sale during the January transfer window, with the likes of Napoli and Premier League rivals Leicester City also vying for his signature, as per the report.

The door could open for Lilywhites chief Fabio Paratici to strike as the Serie A side are unwilling to spend more than €15m (£13m), whilst the Foxes may only be prepared to pay €20m (£18m).

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Interestingly, the Morrocco midfielder has some likeness to that of Tanguy Ndombele, who is currently on loan in Naples, according to FBref‘s statistical profile comparison model.

As we saw in Qatar, the 6-foot maestro is potentially a far better prospect and whilst a new midfielder shouldn’t be high on the agenda for Antonio Conte and co, it would be hard to say no to Ounahi.

He started six of his country’s seven outings at the World Cup and garnered some impressive Sofascore ratings of 7.5 and 7.3 against Spain and Portugal before finishing fourth overall behind Croatia, France and eventual winners Argentina.

In terms of his domestic form, a first glance at no goals or assists is worrying but he is playing in a poor side and ranks very favourably compared to his positional peers in Europe’s top five divisions.

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Indeed, as per FBref – who also liken him to Gavi and Frenkie de Jong – Ounahi sits amongst the top 1% for completed dribbles, as well as the top 25% for interceptions and shot-creating actions per 90, too.

Former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has been impressed by the Angers star, claiming that he had been “absolutely incredible,” whilst journalist Zach Lowry lauded his exploits as “sensational,” also predicting him to make a big move in the near future.

Indeed, that could come in the form of Spurs and just like at the World Cup, he could be a ‘revelation’ under the stewardship of Conte, particularly given the stature of names mentioned above and his obvious quality on the pitch.

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