Tottenham are considering offering Porto cash plus Roberto Soldado in an effort to stave off rival interest in striker Jackson Martinez from Liverpool.
The Colombian is as short as 2/1 to move to White Hart Lane by September 2015.
A hardy perennial of the transfer gossip column, he has hit 74 goals in 109 games for the Estadio do Dragao side since arriving from Chiapas in Mexico in 2012.
Yet, beyond the beguiling numbers, the precise kind of player he is and the way in which he procures his goals remains little discussed.
Sound familiar? Soldado arrived at White Hart Lane on the back of an exciting-sounding 81 goals in 141 showings for Valencia.
However, rather than the kind of line-leading maestro most 4-2-3-1-loving sides want at the top of their tactical tree, Spurs found themselves with a penalty area poacher unable to replicate his Spanish form in their system.
While Martinez may look stronger and more athletic at first glance, the Colombian really isn’t that different a player to White Hart Lane’s £25m white elephant.
His goals, while they may expertly taken, are scored near exclusively within the confines of the 18-yard box.
Nor does he offer a huge amount in terms of holding the ball up with his back to the opposition onion bag.
As such, bringing him to north London for a deal worth around the £40m that Porto are understood to want for his services would represent a bizarre decision.
Soldado’s inability to replicate his La Liga form in England hasn’t been helped by the rarity with which Spurs can find their way round the back of opposition defences, a failing which hasn’t changed since Pochettino arrived.
Meanwhile his lack of authority in hold up play hasn’t helped him paper over the cracks with contribution in the build up either.
As a result paying out even more money for a similar type of player who has scored the majority of his goals in a weaker league does not seem wise.