Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton continue to contest the signing of Belgian international Toby Alderweireld, but it is the former who are widely credited to be ahead in the race.
National newspaper The Guardian report Alderweireld has not only agreed personal terms and completed a medical with Spurs, but he has expressed it is his preference over the Saints, whose only remaining business is said to be disputing compensation for the first option clause they believed they were entitled to invoke.
The Atletico Madrid defender would link up with former Ajax teammate Jan Vertonghen at Spurs, but there is said to be a non footballing factor at play too which has helped make up his mind to choose Mauricio Pochettino's side, and that is location.
The Guardian report: "He would also be able to fly home more easily from London – there are direct flights to Deurne, the small airport that serves his hometown of Antwerp."
Last season on the pitch there was very little to choose between the two sides, just two places in the Premier League table, and four points.
The Vertonghen factor is somewhat negated by Alderweireld's friendship with the entire Southampton team, but the convenience of London as a location could have tipped it for him.
With very little to separate the two teams in terms of advantages and disadvantages, even the smallest of factors can play an important role in clarifying such a decision.