Tottenham were reportedly interested in a £25m swoop for Southampton playmaker Adam Lallana - but they are right to pull out of the bid.
Spurs' appointment of Mauricio Pochettino from Southampton had accelerated rumours of moves for Saints stars such as Dejan Lovren, Victor Wanyama and Jay Rodriguez, but the biggest rumour so far has been that Pochettino is looking to bring midfielder Lallana to White Hart Lane with him.
The 26-year-old has enjoyed an outstanding season on the South Coast under the Argentine, and is now set to star for England at this summer's World Cup in Brazil. The superb displays from Lallana have unsurprisingly prompted interest from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United, with a £25m price tag mooted.
Yet whilst Lallana reuniting with Pochettino in North London appeared to make sense, it was today revealed that Spurs will not be entering the bidding for the former Bournemouth youngster - but why?
Pochettino is likely to utilise a 4-2-3-1 system with Spurs, and the club already have an abundance of attacking midfielders at their disposal after Andre Villas-Boas brought a number of players in last summer following the departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
Whilst Lallana is an immensely talented football, Spurs should be looking to allow Christian Eriksen to have the free role behind the striker. Adding Lallana into the mix will diminish the influence of one of those players, and given that the Dane is young and has plenty of potential, the former Ajax man figures to be a key player next season.
Meanwhile, Lallana could be played out wide instead - as he may do for England this summer. Yet even there, Spurs are well stocked. Nacer Chadli, Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend have been inconsistent at best over the past year but all have ability on the flanks.
However, the big reason that Lallana shouldn't be on Spurs' shopping list is that Tottenham should keep faith with Argentine winger Erik Lamela. The former Roma star cost £30m just a year ago but suffered a difficult first season in England, leading to some speculation that he may leave the club.
Lamela, 22, figures to have a much increased role under Pochettino next season, and if he can reach the heights from his Roma days, then he will make Spurs fans easily forget about Saints star Lallana.