Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with yet another right-back, so what could it mean for the players currently fighting for that position?
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly tracking Sporting Lisbon right-back Miguel Lopes once again, following claims they were interested in the player last summer.
The rumour is a strange one considering the fact that DeAndre Yedlin has recently arrived from loan club Seattle Sounders while Kyle Walker has finally recovered from injury.
Then there is the fact that Eric Dier, Vlad Chiriches and Kyle Naughton can all play as a right full-back if required.
So should we immediately dismiss the latest Lopes reports – originating from Portuguese newspaper A Bola? Perhaps not, because Naughton and Chiriches have both been linked with the White Hart Lane exit while Yedlin may take time to settle in North London and Spurs will be wary of Walker following such a long absence.
Lopes is a 28-year-old who signed for Sporting in 2013 but spent last season on loan at French club Lyon.
This season he has made four senior appearances for the Portuguese side and is said to be attracting Tottenham’s interest once more.
Speculation is rife at this time of year, so all reports should be taken with a punch of salt that should be clung to until something more concrete comes to pass. But if Spurs do sign Lopes, it could prompt a few changes at the club.
Yedlin is more than capable of playing as a right-winger and that could be the position manager Mauricio Pochettino ultimately sees him occupying, covering for Walker when required while Dier can focus on becoming a better centre-back and Naughton can finally leave the club on a permanent basis.
Only time will tell. But no transfer rumour should be dismissed out of hand in a game where anything can happen, both on the pitch and off it.