Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is reportedly interested in rivalling Manchester United for the signature of Porto and Netherlands centre-half Bruno Martins-Indi in January.
Yet there are a plethora of reasons why the move just doesn’t fit the Saints’ modus operandi, despite the Oranje international being as short as 6/5 to be playing Premier League football before September 2015.
For a side that have largely dealt discerningly since their return to the promised land, virtually everything about attempting to bring BMI on board in January goes against their grain.
Firstly they would be entering into a bidding war against a team with sufficient firepower to blow them out of the water and proven willingness to spend big to repel opposition this season.
Secondly Southampton have near completely swerved the mid-season sales over the past two campaigns, with a solitary signing (permanent or loan) arriving at the club during that period.
It was hardly a first-team bothering acquisition either…Vegard Forren anyone?
The January window is where selling clubs get to exact a modicum of revenge on their financial domineers, by milking extra funds out of the desire for speedy reinforcements.
Few sides in European football are more renowned for their ability to buy cheap and sell big than Martins-Indi’s Porto either.
The Dragons sold James Rodriguez for €40m more than the fee for which he arrived and even sold sometime Liverpool and Aston Villa comedian Aly Cissokho to Lyon for €15m.
Quite how much they’d want to grind out of a Premier League suitor for a player they only signed this summer doesn’t bear thinking about.
Southampton went into the international break with easily the division’s best defence – Jose Fonte and Toby Alderweireld have been inspired at its core.
The club will doubtless recognise that bolstering their squad can only help them sustain their unexpected early-season trajectory.
However, paying over the odds for a player whose fee would then demand him being parachuted into a settled first team just doesn’t seem like their style.