So what exactly is holding Tottenham Hotspur back in the transfer market?
Daniel Levy is a natural negotiator, keen never to pay over the odds when he can.
You can imagine Levy walking into a supermarket, spying a 'buy one get one free' deal, taking the goods to the checkout and trying to haggle himself a 'buy one get two free' offer instead.
So far he is playing it tough this transfer window once again. He has an opportunity to sign Lewis Holtby until the rest of the season for just £1.6 million; but the latest reports claim he has offered just £850,000.
It's appearing increasingly likely the Spurs chairman is going to leave his dealings until the last minute again.
Last summer he had Luka Modric to sell, but spent three months haggling over the fee; and left the early part of Spurs' season overshadowed as a result, as it meant he could not bring in new players until the deal was completed.
Indeed if he hadn't done that; then Joao Moutinho would likely be a Tottenham player now, but Levy left just hours to do the deal; and fail.
Which is why it appears bemusing the chairman is going in for a repeat. Leaving everything to the last minute may be his style, but is it really the wisest move? There is just over a week until the end of the window and Spurs are making few waves in the market at present. We expect that to change in the run up to the window.
Don't bet on the club just walking away and not making any bids, they have too many areas where they could do with strengthening, not essential areas, but ones which it would be prudent to do so bearing in mind they have money available and a Champions League place to fight for.
Defensive midfield, striker, back-up on the wings for Lennon and Bale, all are positions the club would be wise to reinforce. Even Andre Villas-Boas admitted this week the club were playing it edgily.
"We have a good squad but we know we are at risk with the striker situation, we can take the risk but it doesn’t mean something can’t happen before the window closes."
They are playing hardball, but there doesn't appear to be any natural targets imminently on the horizon, deals for Damiao and Negredo have seemingly fallen by the wayside, unless there is a surprise deadline day resurrection.
We fully expect Holtby to arrive early, but probably not until January 31. There may be one or two other additions on that date, but Levy could save himself a lot of stress by getting it all tied up early.
But why would he want to do that?
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