Tottenham Hotspur may have failed to bring in a striker in the transfer window, but has an opportunity arisen for them to do just that despite the deadline passing?
Clubs are still permitted to sign free agents, and a player who Spurs technical director Franco Baldini is well aware of has recently become a free agent.
The talented but at times wayward Antonio Cassano became a free agent at the end of last month, cancelling his contract with troubled side Parma by mutual consent, reported the BBC.
So what next for him?
Cassano has not given anything away as to his next move, despite suggestions in the Italian press he could join Inter Milan.
Tuttomercatoweb report however that the attacker is not in the plans of Inter boss Roberto Mancini, and that signing with his first career club Bari, who are in Serie B, is one option due to his previous ties, yet it's unclear if at 32-years-old he is ready to step down a division.
Why could Tottenham make a move and should they?
There is no suggestion at present Tottenham have made contact, but we are simply asking the question as to whether they could.
Spurs have only three strikers, and two of them, Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado have only three Premier League goals between them all season long. If Harry Kane were to get injured, Tottenham's objectives this season would be tough to reach.
Cassano may not have been in their plans, but now he is a free agent, he has to be worth considering.
Still only 32, he scored five goals in 20 appearances for Parma this season, who are on course to be relegated from Serie A as the table stands. He is a former Italian international with experience of playing at Real Madrid, and would not be daunted by a move, nor is he cup-tied in Europe.
Crucially, he is a player Spurs technical director Franco Baldini knows well. Baldini was in charge of him at Roma earlier in his career, although his relationship with the club ended badly as he forced a move to Real.
With more than 130 career goals and 90 plus assists, Cassano could be a valuable contributor on a short-term deal, and is the type of spirit who could help gee the dressing room up heading into the season's final months when the battle for places heats up.