Tottenham Hotspur could have Crystal Palace to thank if a new number nine is unveiled in north London this summer.

Because it seems that The Eagles, albeit unwittingly, have just pushed Arkadiusz Milik one step closer to the English capital.

Not that they meant to, of course.

After all, when they farmed misfit striker Aleksander Sorloth out to Tranzonspor last summer, it’s fair to say Roy Hodgson and co did not expect a Selhurst Park benchwarmer to produce 29 goals and 10 assists over in Turkey and catch the eye of some of Europe’s bonafide superclubs.

Just to rub salt into the wounds, Super Lig challengers Trabzonspor have the option to sign Sorloth (dubbed King in the North by none other than Erling Haaland) for as little as £5 million.