Reports emanating from Mexico suggest that Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari might launch a bid for Tottenham's Giovani dos Santos after the player's less-than-exciting start to life at White Hart Lane.

The former Barcelona starlet has made just three starts since his $7.5 million move from the Catalan giants last summer. He has not featured at all since Juande Ramos' last game in charge of the club against Udinese in the UEFA Cup.

The 19-year-old, once hailed as "the new Ronaldinho," may well find himself even further down the pecking order in Harry Redknapp's plans, as it is likely that 16-year-old John Bostock will join the squad instead of the Mexican for Thursday night's home UEFA Cup match against Dinamo Zagreb.

Chelsea was linked with dos Santos last summer, but he felt that he would get more first-team opportunities with Tottenham. Scolari is now tempted to acquire the player as cover for the likes of Joe Cole and Salomon Kalou.

Redknapp would certainly find any cash raised useful as he embarks on a mission to revive Spurs and lift them from the bottom of the Premier League.

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