Tottenham Hotspur's transfer of Aaron Lennon to Everton could help them land one of their top targets in the summer.
Lennon joined Everton on loan until the end of the season yesterday and the deal could help them bring Kevin Mirallas to White Hart Lane.
However, with Mirallas' contract expiring in the summer of 2016, Spurs may have more luck in acquiring the Belgian six months down the line.
Everton are unlikely to risk keeping a player who is going into the final year of his contract and Spurs could benefit from this by landing him on a cut-price deal.
They could also be aided by Lennon's switch, if the England international can perform to his best at Goodison Park.
Everton could move to sign Lennon at the end of his loan spell if he impresses and his permanent arrival would mean that they have a ready-made replacement for Mirallas in their ranks.
The loan move, therefore, could have been a masterstroke of transfer business from Daniel Levy and getting Lennon regular first-team football may not have been Tottenham's only motive in allowing him to move to Goodison Park.