It was suggested by The Sun on Sunday (15/3; page 60) that Tottenham Hotspur were now favourites to sign Queens Park Rangers talisman Eberechi Eze.
Eze has been sensational in the Championship this season. The 21-year-old has scored 12 goals and contributed eight assists in the league.
The Sun on Sunday suggested that Sheffield United and Crystal Palace had backed away over his £20 million asking price. But Spurs may look to sweeten a potential deal by offering a swap.
The two clubs appear to have a good relationship. So it may not be a huge surprise to see a Spurs player move to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium if Eze is destined to head in the opposite direction.
With that in mind, here is a look at some potential contenders who may be used by Tottenham to help facilitate a move for Eze…
Jack Clarke/Luke Amos
The first two contenders – condensed into one option – could perhaps be those already on loan with the Championship side. Jack Clarke has struggled after joining Tottenham permanently last summer. Meanwhile, Amos has made 25 second tier appearances this term.
Spurs may be reluctant to write Clarke off so quickly. But having signed him in 2019, they may also be aware that his value should remain fairly high – and that may leave Tottenham wondering whether it would be worth including him in the bid to sign Eze.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to see Cameron Carter-Vickers having a future at Spurs. He has not been seen in the first-team for a number of years, and is not exactly proving a point out on loan.
But he is a player with vast experience in the Championship, having already played for six different clubs in the second tier.
And with his contract expiring next summer (via Transfermarkt), offering him to QPR this summer may represent the best option for all parties.
Troy Parrott (Loan)
Surely the option that would appeal most to QPR would be someone like Troy Parrott. Spurs fans have wanted the youngster to get a first-team chance in light of the injuries Jose Mourinho has had to deal with.
But Mourinho has held off relying on the young striker too much. And clubs will surely be looking at making a loan bid for the Republic of Ireland man this summer with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min set to push him down the pecking order upon their returns to full fitness.
Kane himself has shown how valuable loan spells can be before you really push for a first-team chance. And Parrott may be tempted to follow in his footsteps if he fears his game-time may be limited next term.
And QPR would surely love to have him.