There's reason Tottenham must be desperate to offload Benoit Assou Ekotto
Benoit Assou Ekotto has not played a single game for Tottenham this season, and nor is there any realistic chance of him doing so.
The Cameroonian international is regarded by the club as surplus to requirements, and they are thought to be desperate to offload him.
Even with loose interest from QPR and Crystal Palace, Assou Ekotto's £40,000 per week wages restrict them acting on it.
With 35 weeks to go until the 30-year-old's contract expires, at those wages, Spurs are due to pay Assou-Ekotto £1.4 million.
That's a lot of money for a player sitting around not contributing, and it's little wonder Spurs are hoping desperately to get shot.
With plenty of time ahead of the transfer window to be proactive, Spurs should look towards big spending clubs in Russia, or even the Middle East or India, to offer them the chance to sign the defender on a free transfer.
That may have been something they have tried already, and if there is no luck then a loan and attempt to split payment of wages is another solution, but Spurs do not have the best hand, being so keen to get rid.
It's a monumental waste of money, and of a player's career as the season ticks down, but at present there appears to be no imminent solution so long as Assou-Ekotto is prepared to dig in his heels.