If Spurs were hoping to land any cut price deals in the January transfer window, they may need to look away from the South Coast and Southampton in particular. With Paul Mitchell crossing over as head of recruitment, can the Saints conceivably look to do business with a club who have already taken their manager for the second time in less than 15 years?
The difference between now and the Glenn Hoddle era is that Spurs are no longer looking for ageing free signings while Southampton retain a squad that will be of interest to the club, despite losing several key players over the summer.
So what can we hope for if we approach them for any likely deals? Firstly, with Southampton sitting in second place in the Premier League, any further departures could derail their season so they’re not going to want to sell until the summer.
Secondly, expect an instant price hike if Spurs are involved: A story today claims that the Saints would want Harry Kane and Andros Townsend in return for any deal involving Jay Rodriguez.
Naturally, there are other targets but the Rodriguez link had been growing even before the Mitchell news broke. As a striker with a decent record in the Premiership, he’s a good option but don’t expect his current employers to play ball.