Tottenham are finding business hard to do with Southampton this summer, and they may have to pay over the odds to get their men.
Several news sources are stating that Tottenham's pursuit of Southampton's French World Cup midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin stalled because the London club insulted the Saints with a derisory offer for the 25-year-old.
The Telegraph report that Daniel Levy's bid of just £10 million for Schneiderlin burnt any bridges regarding discussions for the deal and have altered Tottenham's approach to acquiring the player to being one of a waiting game.
Ralph Krueger has explicitly said that both Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez are not to follow the other exits from St Mary's this summer.
Southampton value Schneiderlin at more than double the figure Spurs offered, with the Frenchman one of their top players over the last 2-3 years, and with plenty of cash in their coffers they are very much in a position to refuse all offers at least until they run the risk of losing him and the 25-year-old English forward for nothing. Currently, both players have several years left on their deal.
There is already bad blood between the two clubs regarding Mauricio Pochettino's switch to London from the South Coast club, with it seen as starting the player exodus that Krueger and new coach Ronald Koeman are now trying to rebuild from.
Last year Schneiderlin saw his form of 2 goals and 3 appearances from a defensive position in the Saints midfield rewarded with a late call up to France's World Cup squad.
He made his international debut against Jamaica ahead of the tournament and played 90 minutes in his country's final group game against Ecuador.
It will be interesting to see if Spurs come back in for the former Strasbourg player, with the club often happy to do their business close to the deadline.
If they do, Levy had better be prepared to spend big to get Pochettino's former midfield general to White Hart Lane.