Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be eager to return to Southampton for the England international.
Though it has been fairly clear that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is eager to bring in at least one of his former Southampton players to White Hart Lane, he would be wise to be extra careful about which individual he instructs Daniel Levy to pursue, with rumours continuing that the Argentine is keeping tabs on Jay Rodriguez's return from an ACL injury.
Taking into account the current Premier League table, it may be hard for Spurs to convince any Saints star to make the switch to North London, however the sheer fact Tottenham will be able to offer wages beyond what Southampton currently utilise may mean that if the Lilywhites offer enough money, their South Coast rivals could consider a possible sale.
Given the significant number of impressive performers for Ronaldo Koeman's side so far this season, it would be a risk for Pochettino to plump for a player that is still yet to make an appearance for Southampton.
Koeman has already stated that the forward's return will not be rushed, suggesting that the 25-year-old could not begin to make significant appearances until 2015.
Of course, there is no need for Koeman to throw in Rodriguez so soon after what was a serious injury, especially with his side playing so well.
But if Pochettino did go all out for the England international, he would be getting a player some way short of match fitness, and with his form nearly 12 months ago yet to be confirmed and likely to take some time to return.
For what was sure to be a £20 million plus fee, the Spurs boss would be much better off going for a player strong and in form, to inject some much needed confidence to a misfiring Tottenham attack, before returning for Rodriguez at a later date if he so wished.