Swansea have reportedly launched an ambitious bid to snare Nacer Chadli away from Tottenham.
As reported by the South Wales Evening Post, Michael Laudrup is looking to sign the player he failed to capture during last summer's transfer window:
Swansea tried to land the Belgian international during the summer but lost out to Spurs, who stumped up £7 million to bring him to the Premier League from FC Twente.
However, Chadli has struggled to nail down a first-team place at White Hart Lane – he has managed only eight Premier League starts – and the Evening Post understands Swansea have revived their interest in the 24-year-old.
Chadli has failed to impress since joining Spurs, and unlike most of the squad, he has barely improved since Tim Sherwood replaced Andre Villas-Boas at the helm.
The Belgian winger has made just 10 starts and seven substitute appearances across the Premier League and Europa League, per WhoScored.com. His only goal so far came in the 2-0 win over Anzhi Makhachkala back on Oct. 3, but he has failed to impress since the trip to Russia.
Predominantly a left-sided attacking midfielder, Chadli's 6'1" stature and stocky build ensure he lacks the outright pace of Spurs teammates such as Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon. He has managed 0.5 crosses per appearance this season and often dithers on the ball, slowing Spurs' counterattack down.
Sherwood may be unwilling to let Chadli leave so close to the transfer deadline, especially after Fulham secured a loan deal for Lewis Holtby, per David Ornstein of BBC Sport.
Laudrup will have more hope of securing a deal for Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, as reported by Pete O'Rourke of Sky Sports:
Although McCarthy would most likely offer cover to Michel Vorm and Gerhard Tremmel, Chadli has the potential to help Swansea improve their ropey start to the season.
Currently lingering in 11th place, the club are just five points away from the relegation zone after one win in their last nine Premier League games.
Chadli will be hoping to receive a place in Marc Wilmots' World Cup squad, something he can achieve with a consistent run of form at the Liberty Stadium.
The potential deal looks to benefit everyone and may finally allow Chadli to deliver on the promise he showed at FC Twente.