Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with signing Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, but is he really a substantial improvement on what they have?
Southampton will clearly be reluctant to let the midfielder go, and could be expected to drive a hard bargain as they did for their star players in the transfer market last summer.
Which is why if Spurs were to commit big money to buy the Kenyan, they would have to be certain on what they are getting.
Mauricio Pochettino will know better than most, having worked with the midfielder for a year last season, but a midfielder at his disposal for Tottenham in 2014/15 has outperformed the Saints star.
Bentaleb betters Wanyama this season in five out of six key categories, including interceptions per game, touches, ball recoveries, passing accuracy, and chances created. The Saints star only better the Algerian in terms of tackles per game.
Fans of both clubs will not get the opportunity to see the pair go head to head this weekend, with Wanyama suspended for the fixture.
From Tottenham's perspective, they may not require Wanyama to out do Bentaleb, purely to help him thrive, and instead he would be an improvement on Etienne Capoue who is out of favour at the club at present.
It would however take a sizeable offer to do a deal for a player Southampton paid £12 million to sign, and it is not one Spurs necessarily need to commit.