Tottenham Hotspur have the chance to complete the perfect January transfer if they ditch their cautious approach to spending.
The Telegraph report that Spurs are interested in signing West Ham United defender Winston Reid on a free transfer in the summer, but paying a small fee to bring him in during this month looks like a no-brainer.
By signing him this month, Tottenham would not only strengthen their own bid for a top-four place, but they would also destabilise one of their main rivals'.
West Ham are placed slightly behind Spurs in the Premier League table, but there can be no doubting their credentials to claim a European spot this season.
The loss of one of their most pivotal players would likely see off their challenge, though, and that, in itself, means the transfer rather pays for itself.
West Ham are understandably keen to keep hold of Reid, but losing him without receiving any money would be a huge blow and he is likely to be available on a cut-price deal, as a result.
For Spurs, this expenditure represents a small price to pay if he is the man that secures them a Champions League spot.
Spurs have struggled at centre-back this season, even if Jan Vertonghen and Federico Fazio's partnership has improved in recent weeks.
Mauricio Pochettino likes to play with a high-line and Fazio's lack of mobility has been exposed at times.
There would be no such problems with Reid playing a similar role, though. The New Zealander has a great amount of pace and he would also fit in with Tottenham's patient, passing approach.
One of Reid's major positives is his ability in possession and, as such, he looks perfectly suited to fit in with Pochettino's style.
The whole transfer, then, looks one which makes absolute sense for Tottenham and, even the most prudent of operates in Daniel Levy, must appreciate its value to them.