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One of the last members of the “Bale Seven” continues to be linked away from Tottenham

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Sky Sports understands... that Nacer Chadli needs playing time and won’t get it with Spurs this year.

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There’s more evidence, if you can call it that, that Swansea City might be interested in taking Tottenham Hotspur wide midfielder Nacer Chadli off their hands. We reported the on first link, which appeared in the Mirror, last week. Now Sky sources understand that Swansea are still interested in taking the Belgian to Wales.

This, unfortunately, isn’t a Lyall Thomas story, which would lend it a bit more gravitas. In fact, there isn’t really anything new in this reporting that would give it any more oomph than the Mirror article did. That said, I’m starting to believe this rumor.

If we’ve seen anything in the past two Tottenham Hotspur friendly matches, it’s that Nacer Chadli doesn’t seem to be in Mauricio Pochettino’s favor. He didn’t start either match in Melbourne, coming in at halftime against Juventus and as a late game sub against Atletico. He didn’t exactly impress in either outing, and with new players like Georges-Kevin N’Koudou coming in and young players like Josh Onomah impressing, it’s not hard to imagine Chadli’s future might be away from White Hart Lane.

But what might be the biggest catalyst for change is Chadli’s omission from the Belgium squad for this summer’s Euro 2016. At this point, even if he should stay at Tottenham it will be in a reserve role, which is unlikely to turn the head of the (as of yet undecided) Belgium manager. If he wants back in to the national team, he needs minutes.

Swansea is a pretty good destination place for Chadli. He’ll reunite with former teammate Gylfi Sigurdsson, and with his knack for finding the goal he would probably be an upgrade on Jefferson Montero and Wayne Routledge. He’ll probably get a lot of playing time with Swansea, which is what he needs right now.

Let’s be clear: there’s no evidence — yet — that this is going to happen. However, it’s the second time it’s popped up in a mostly-non-lol rumor source, and there’s a bunch of circumstantial evidence that suggests it might be a possibility. Depending on the price, which wasn’t mentioned, it probably would be a good move for all parties, including Nacer.