According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur were chasing Victor Wanyama right up until the close of the summer transfer window.
Mauricio Pochettino had apparently identified Wanyama as one of key targets, as he looked to increase his midfield options at White Hart Lane.
Spurs went into the season with a limited supply of players who were able to comfortably perform in the two defensive midfield slots which are included in Pochettino's favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.
As a result, Tottenham's failure to land Wanyama initially appeared a worry, but it seems that their failure in the transfer window may actually have been a stroke of luck.
Spurs' lack of options in defensive midfield has forced Pochettino to push Eric Dier, who had played in defence previously, into midfield and the England youth international has thrived in the role.
Dier has been combative and disciplined, while his passing range has also come to fore in a role which seems perfectly suited to his talents.
The 21-year-old has arguably been Tottenham's finest player so far this season, but his transformation would have been unlikely had Wanyama been recruited.
With Dier thriving, it seems that Spurs' need for a midfield enforcer has been drastically reduced, and that could save them money, which can be reinvested in other problem areas in future transfer windows.