Stories linking Spurs with a central defender may well be wide of the mark but after the issues at left back throughout this season, the club may well be moving to fill a position that BAE has made his own for a number of years.
When Benny was injured, the lack of cover here was exposed and when the player did return, he was some way short of his best form. Now, the rumours of a replacement are gathering momentum and there are two distinct names in the frame.
The first of these is Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao who has been linked to the club in a deal of around £15 million. Coentrao is a Portuguese international who has been with Real since 2011 and while he has only made 34 league appearances in that time, Jose Mourinho has used the player far more often this season and he now seems a reliable regular at the Bernabeu.
Perhaps a more likely candidate is Alvaro Pereira – a 27 year old Uruguayan international currently with Inter Milan. Pereira features on a less regular basis in the Inter side and the press in Italy seem fairly confident that he will be available in the summer.
However, in both cases there are two obvious links – Pereira played for AVB at Porto while any player at Real can easily be linked with the suggestion that Gareth Bale will be moving the other way.
How much truth there is in either story is debatable but it is starting to look increasingly likely that BAE may be running down his last season at White Hart Lane.