Mohamed Salah Reportedly Targeted by Tottenham Boss Andre Villas-Boas

Christopher AtkinsContributor IOctober 10, 2013

BASEL, SWITZERLAND - OCTOBER 4:  Mohamed Salah of FC Basel 1893 in action during the UEFA Europa League group stage match between FC Basel 1893 and KRC Genk held on October 4, 2012 at the St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Sebastien Feval/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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Tottenham are plotting a £15 million January move for FC Basel forward Mohamed Salah, according to the Daily Mail's David Kent.

Salah, 21, recently scored against fellow Premier League side Chelsea in the Champions League, but has been known to English football for some time after goals against both the Blues and Tottenham in last season's Europa League—as well as two strikes at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Kent provides details of Spurs' interest:

Sportsmail revealed Andre Villas Boas was keen on Salah earlier this year but wanted to see whether he continued to progress. Tottenham scouts watched his performance against Chelsea and plan further checks before January.

The Egyptian has been in marvellous recent form for club and country, scoring seven goals in six international games in the 2013 calendar year, while also adding four goals in six games in this season's UEFA Champions League to date, per Soccerway.

A spritely attacking midfielder or second striker, Salah's pace and trickery have proven difficult for a number of highly accomplished defences to handle.

Spurs, having been on the receiving end, know exactly what he is capable of.

American coach of the Egypt national team Bob Bradley certainly believes in his young star. The former USMNT head coach told The National's Ali Khaled after a recent World Cup qualifier:

Salah is the future of Egyptian football. He was the best player against Zimbabwe. His performance was historic. [...]

Salah is a perfect professional player both on and off the pitch. He will play a great role in guiding us to the World Cup finals.

Given Tottenham's attacking options, it would be interesting to see where he would fit into their lineup on a regular basis.

With Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen virtually guaranteed starting places once fully settled at the club, Salah would likely be battling with Andros Townsend, Nacer Chadli, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Aaron Lennon for just one position should he arrive.

For Lennon, in particular, any move by the club for Salah's services may well spell the end of his time at White Hart Lane.

At just 21, Salah's age and his impressive technical ability make him an attractive proposition for any side. Spurs, though, are one of the deepest squads around in his area of the pitch.

Kent's report suggests Spurs scouted Salah on his recent trip to Stamford Bridge and have plans to do so again before January. Thus far, though, it is difficult not to be impressed with the Egyptian's twinkle-toed contributions when he has been put under the spotlight of European competition.