Tottenham are sure to pay in excess of £15m if they are to land long-term target Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton, however his Saint Mary’s colleague Jack Cork rates better value.
Swansea remain 1/2 to sign the Chelsea product for a fee of around £3m after a deal taking him to Crystal Palace fell through.
However, the Lilywhites, 5/1 to land him before the end of the window, should consider swiping the 25-year-old from under the Swans’ noses instead of Schneiderlin and saving themselves more than £10m.
Cork has arguably been as instrumental to Southampton’s recent successes as any of the stars already cherry-picked by Champions League clubs during the close-season.
He was the only man to play every game during the 2011/12 campaign when they won promotion from the Championship.
Injured at the start of the following season his influence became clear as the Saints lost eight of their opening ten league games in his absence.
Arriving back in the XI in early November and ever-present thereafter, they were beaten only seven times across the season’s remaining 28 fixtures.
Widely expected to be a casualty of Victor Wanyama’s big-money arrival from Celtic in 2013/14, instead he took his chance when the Kenyan succumbed to injury in December and kept him out of the XI for the remainder of the campaign.
Cork’s influence on the side is hard to quantify in terms of individual statistics, but Spurs’ boss Mauricio Pochettino has witnessed first hand the Englishman’s effect on the side.
The adhesive which knits the Saints together he is capable of performing similar duties in a overly changeable Lilywhites midfield.
Tottenham are 9/20 to record a second London derby success in as many Premier League matches against QPR this weekend.
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