A report in Thursday’s Daily Mail claimed Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was willing to allow Nacer Chadli to move to Southampton if it meant bringing Morgan Schneiderlin to White Hart Lane last summer.
Of course that move failed to materialise and the Belgian international has gone on to score six goals in his first 13 appearances for Spurs.
But with rumours of Tottenham’s interest in the French midfielder refusing to go away, despite Southampton’s understandable decision not to do business, we play devil's advocate and look at three other Spurs players Pochettino could include in any future swap-deal.
Belgian midfielder Moussa Dembele arrived at Tottenham with a fantastic reputation and allegedly leaving behind a whole host of disappointed suitors including Manchester United.
But this season he has been used sparingly in the league, predominantly as a substitute, and should Schneiderlin arrive in the future that would leave Dembele with even fewer opportunities if he did stay.
Once hailed as one of the most exciting wingers England had produced for decades, things have not gone according to plan in more recent times for Andros Townsend.
Injury problems have certainly not helped, but with Pochettino using the player predominantly in the Europa League it appears he is far from a first-choice option when everyone is available.
Roberto Soldado has failed to recreate the form he showed in Spain and with a new striker tipped to arrive at Tottenham in due course – and with Harry Kane’s emergence – it would be no great surprise if the Spaniard moved on.
Southampton have Graziano Pelle and Shane Long, but a change of scene could be exactly what Soldado needs to finally show he can flourish in Premier League. After all, if Southampton are in Europe next season they will need as many goal-scorers as they can get.