The Independent reports that Tottenham Hotspur have made Tom Carroll available for £5 million, but they should not offload the youngster during this transfer window.
The report insists that Carroll is of interest to Swansea City, where he is currently on loan, and Spurs are apparently tempted to cash in.
However, the Lilywhites should resist any advances during this transfer window, as the 22-year-old has the potential to be worth a far greater sum than £5 million in the future.
Carroll may not have proved himself in the Premier League, but his talent is obvious and with another six months of action under his belt at Swansea he should come back an immeasurably better player.
Sleight of statute, Carroll confounds the stereotype of a modern-day midfielder, but his technical ability makes him a valuable asset for any side and he would fit in well with Mauricio Pochettino's style.
Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason have already progressed under the Argentine's stewardship and there is no reason why Carroll cannot do the same.
The England youth international already looks a better option than a number of their other central midfielders and selling the diminutive star without giving him a chance to impress could only go down as a mistake.
By offering Carroll for £5 million Spurs would be giving away one of the biggest bargains in recent times and they could be made to rue the decision in the future, if they go through with it.