Re-signing players, typically for more money than they initially received for their services, is territory well-chartered by the Tottenham wad wavers and reports have emerged that they’re at it again.
After flogging Steven Caulker to Cardiff for £9m in the summer, Spurs are allegedly interested in taking back their former academy product to inflate their waning defensive ranks.
Brittle against the big guns, their back four will have to solidify somewhat if they are to stop the same Liverpool attack that scored five at White Hart Lane and set up a 6/1-rate Anfield win.
Repelling reinforcements are likely to be arriving this summer, with England international Caulker potentially one of those.
Aside from querying why they let him leave in the first instance, the pessimistic Lilywhites may have the panic siren wailing at a potential Pascal Chimbonda reincarnation, but, to allay these concerns, we’ve sounded out three returning stars to have shone on their Spurs second-coming.
Frustrated with his bit-part role, the Toronto FC frontman absconded to Portsmouth, only to be ushered back to the Lane once Pompey boss Harry Redknapp was made manager.
An impressive 43 goals was the haul the Beckton-born striker managed on tenure one, he bested that by five the second time around before jetting off to Canada.
Akin to Defoe, the Frenchman was bundled off to Fratton Park after an unceremonious first stint in north London.
He realised his potential on the south coast, Redknapp also brought him back and he’s established himself as an integral part of the Tottenham back four when fit.
Steady statistics of 1.4 tackles and 1.1 interceptions per game are supplemented with 5.6 clearances in the seven league appearances he’s managed this term.
Another to wind up at the Lane after a Pompey detour, the beanpole goal-getter was binned off by Spurs without playing a game, sold to QPR in 2000.
All he had to do when given a second opportunity to shine was kick a ball in a first-team shirt, but he did more than that.
Crouch donned Spurs white a total of 73 times, scoring 12 times before being shunted off to Stoke.