Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot looks set to join Sevilla.
The London Evening Standard claimed at the beginning of the month that he was keen on loan a move to White Hart Lane.
A proposed deal, however, has since failed to materialise and it now appears Spurs are to miss out altogether as Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi is working on the final details to bring him to Andalusia.
“Sevilla close in on the figure of Adrien Rabiot. Monchi is in the final stages of tying up a loan deal, without the option to buy permanently,” Marca report.
What does this mean for Spurs?
Rabiot had seemed to fall off boss Mauricio Pochettino's radar recently, but he could have been useful in guiding his side through the final stages of the season slightly light in central midfield options.
Rabiot can be described as a tough-tackling central midfielder capable of setting the rhythm and tempo in matches, a key component in any team.
While Ryan Mason has performed well for the North Londoners in recent weeks, question marks remain over the defensive capabilities of Benjamin Stambouli and Mousa Dembele in-front of the back four.
Does Pochettino search for a short-term solution ahead of deadline day or does he risk shooting for a top four spot with what he has available?
Well, Nabil Bentaleb will offer another option when he returns from his African Nations duty with Algeria but it will only take an injury later on to leave Pochettino with the same conundrum.
There seems little to lose in bringing in extra cover in the defensive midfield positions, and whether Rabiot is the answer or not, a new face could ultimately prove the difference between reaching the top four and massing out.