Tottenham lodged at least three offers to sign Saido Berahino this summer, but were unsuccessful with each one.
West Bromwich Albion stood firm, issuing a statement on their official website publicly criticising Tottenham's approach, for making their moves too late and claiming they tried to unsettle the player.
It may be inevitable that at some stage Berahino departs, and if a big offer had been submitted early in the transfer window, West Brom's reaction could have been very different.
One club who should consider making a move in January are Tottenham's bitter north London rivals Arsenal, who are light in the striking department themselves.
Fans were crying out for a big name addition like Karim Benzema, but once it became clear he was not moving the Gunners ended their transfer activity, instead of moving for a striker with a lesser reputation.
Time will tell if that proves a mistake or not, with a reliance on Olivier Giroud, and Danny Welbeck not yet proving capable of being a regular goalscorer.
Berahino is an England under-21 international who netted 20 goals in all competitions for the Baggies last season, including one against Manchester United and a brace against Chelsea.
Arsenal signing him would not only add to their options, and give their title efforts a mid-season boost, but it would humiliate Tottenham, or particularly their chairman Daniel Levy, and his failure to land him.
Each goal he would score for the Gunners against Tottenham would be a bitter blow for the club, and Arsenal might just find West Brom more receptive to their advances if the bitter blood between the Midlands side and Spurs continues.