As Toby Alderweireld's transfer saga continues to look like it is going to get messy at some point and for someone, Tottenham continue to quietly push forward with a deal that will bring the Belgian to White Hart Lane next season.
According to Sky Sports, Southampton reportedly believe Atletico Madrid were too late in paying the fee that would cancel the agreement in place for the 26-year-old to move St Mary's this summer for £6.8 million. The Spanish side are eager to sell the defender to Spurs, who are offering significantly more money, despite the threat of legal issues or fines that may come about as a result of any Southampton protest against such a move.
Of course, much of this depends on what Alderweireld himself wants to do, and though there hasn't been any word coming out saying that he is against turning his loan spell at the Saints last season into a permanent move, the fact the Mail have said he is on his way to London for a medical over the next few days seems to indicate he has a preference to sign for Spurs.
Though Spurs aren't really in the wrong here, they are pursuing a player they like in the correct fashion by approaching the club that owns him, Southampton will be livid if Alderweireld ends up under former boss Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham after what they see as a huge injustice on Atletico's part.
In fact, it will only add to the ill feeling between the two Premier League clubs after the Argentine jumped ship last summer, with Southampton then snubbing interest in Morgan Schneiderlin from their old manager.
Indeed, it could make the chance of any last ditch Tottenham attempt to sign the Frenchman that bit more unlikely, while it may also mean that longstanding interest in players like Jay Rodriguez, according to the Mirror, is going to fall on deaf ears.
That may well suit Southampton fans on one level, but they would not want those bridges to be burned because they lost the chance to sign a player that impressed so much under Ronald Koeman last season.