Tottenham's somewhat quiet transfer window could have been far different were it not for the actions of Manchester United, according to Harry Redknapp.
United blazed a trail during early summer by adding Phil Jones, Ashley Young and David De Gea to their ranks to the tune of over £50 million before the start of the new season.
And it was the signings of Jones and Young which caused a particular problem for Spurs, with Redknapp admitting he had been keen to bring both players to White Hart Lane.
The Spurs boss, however, does not resent his friend Sir Alex Ferguson, while he has also wished good luck to Jones and Young for their respective Old Trafford careers.
"Now United have reinforced their squad by spending £50million on Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David de Gea," Redknapp wrote in The Sun.
"And, like Barcelona, they have done it from a position of strength. They haven't waited until they were on the decline because that's when you make panic buys.
"I tried to sign Young and Jones but when United are in the hunt it's very difficult for anyone else to get a look-in.
"I first made a move for Young three or four years ago and have been after him ever since. Every club in the top six wanted Jones but the boy chose United and good luck to him."
Meanwhile, Spurs appear to be making some significant moves in the transfer market at last, with the north London closing in on former Arsenal duo Emmanuel Adebayor and Lassana Diarra.