That tick-tock you can notice in the background, if you actually can hear it over Jim White’s excitement, is the clock ebbing away on the summer transfer window, which slams shut on Monday night.
Premier League clubs have had all summer to add to their squads, but like school kids who’ve been handed some difficult maths homework, many clubs have left it until the last minute to finish their shopping.
Tottenham Hotspur, who are an industry best price of 16/1 with bwin to win the Europa League following today’s draw, have made a perfect start to the season with four wins from four in all competitions and sit at the top of the Premier League table, but they should be one of the sides that are looking to enhance their squad between now and 11pm Monday.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has brought in several new faces already, but with a host of stars out of contract next summer and clubs looking to sell now rather than lost out completely next year, there are still some bargains for the Argentine to find in the closing hours of the window.
Klaas Jan Huntelaar – Schalke
Tottenham might look at their squad and see four strikers on the books, but with question marks about each one they should be tempted to make a move for Schalke’s proven hitman.
Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela both suffered disappointing debut campaigns in English football, while Emanuel Adebayor is too erratic to trust over the course of a whole season and Harry Kane is unproven at the top level.
Huntelaar has an unarguable pedigree, having scored 15 times in his last 22 Bundesliga appearances to take his career total to 279 goals in 425 matches.
Yevhen Konoplyanka – Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Along with Liverpool and Manchester United, Spurs have long been linked with a move for the Ukrainian international, and it looks like there will not be a better time to get the winger for a cut-down price.
At 24, the Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk flyer is reaching his peak years and his goal return of 13 last year, significantly his best personal tally to date, shows a player constantly improving.
With doubts over the future, and effectiveness, of Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon, a move to get Konoplyanka, who has eight goals in 35 caps, on the cheap could prove an inspired one.
Nigel De Jong – AC Milan
For all of their flair and creativity going forward, there still question marks about whether Spurs have rid themselves of the fragility that led to some hammerings last term, and Nigel De Jong could offer the defensive solidity that was lacking last season.
The midfield hardman, coming off the back of an impressive World Cup, is an excellent budget option, with Premier League-winning experience with Manchester City to call upon.