Tottenham Hotspur lost Mousa Dembele on Thursday, as the midfielder completed a move to Guangzhou R&F.
The midfield maestro moves to the Far East, with Spurs recouping a fee in the region of £9 million according to The Independent.
Dembele was out of contract in the summer, meaning it had been looking unlikely he would stay at the club past January.
Spurs fans have flocked to social media to pay tribute to the Belgian, who was undoubtedly one of the Premier League’s best midfielders at his peak.
Despite his increasing injury problems in recent times he is a huge loss to Spurs, who now need a replacement.
Perhaps Mauricio Pochettino should enter the race for Roberto Gagliardini.
Gagliardini is available but coveted
Spurs need someone with good defensive discipline, which Gagliardini has.
Seldom does he ever venture forward, which does make him a different kind of player to Dembele, but Harry Winks has shown that he can be the man to drive forwards.
Gagliardini is quite imposing at 6ft 3in and is quite steely in his approach, something that Dembele was famed for.
Tottenham were reportedly interested in the player last summer before the player signed a new deal in October (TMW).
But since then, Gagliardini has struggled for game time at Internazionale. This season he has made just 11 appearances in total with competition for places fierce.
Apparently West Ham and Everton are both interested in the Italian, with Inter Live having claimed one of the two sides has already offered £22 million, meaning Tottenham may have to act fast.