Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says he is contemplating sending striker Harry Kane out on loan.
The young striker has made just one Premier League appearance so far this season, coming on for just eight minutes in Tottenham's 1-0 win over Cardiff City.
Villas-Boas is wary of sending the 20-year-old out on loan following mixed results from his different spells with Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester.
However the Spurs boss says it is still an option being considered for Kane, who scored a hat-trick for the England U21's against San Marino recently.
“At the moment what I’ve been speaking to Harry about is that we are studying the possibility of him going out on loan as well – but we are happy for him to try to compete for his place, and so is he,” Villas-Boas told the Tottenham Journal.
“We have lots of options up front and he understands that, but he is happy to continue to push for his place. He’s been given that opportunity because he has been excellent in training, so we believe a lot in his future.
“We can’t have a loan situation that does not work for him, like the ones that we have had before. That’s why we have been very cautious with his next step, and we have not been in a rush in that situation.
“Why haven’t the loans worked before? Because he didn’t play.”
Tottenham look well-stocked in the striker department currently, with summer signing Roberto Soldado currently in possession of the lone forward's jersey.
Behind the Spaniard, Jermain Defoe is pushing for a spot, while Villas-Boas confirmed after Spurs' 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday that Emmanuel Adebayor is close to being back in contention after his disrupted pre-season.