Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck is desperate to seal a loan move before the transfer window slams shut at 11pm tonight, but his £105,000-a-week wages are proving a huge stumbling block to his chances of joining either Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur.
Welbeck is very much surplus to requirements at United thanks to their stunning late swoop for Colombian marksman Radamel Falcao, with the Red Devils willing to sanction a season-long loan exit for a fee of £5 million.
The Evening Standard believes Spurs lead the race for his signature, but despite strong interest from Arsenal the versatile forward's surprising six-figure salary is proving a huge stumbling block to his chances of finding somewhere new to play this season.
Quite conveniently for potential transfer suitors Welbeck is in North London today, after joining up with the England squad at a training base less than 15 mins from Tottenham's training ground in Enfield.
Welbeck is allowed to leave England's camp and discuss a last-ditch move this evening, but time is fast running out for either Arsenal or Spurs to sign the strike cover they so desperately need.
Wages are the big issue
Tottenham looks the most plausible destination for the 23-year-old, but his current pay packet exceeds that of any first-team star at White Hart Lane.
As a result Spurs are unwilling to pay 100% of his £105,000-a-week salary, instead asking United to foot some of the bill if they want the out-of-favour forward to play regular first-team football elsewhere this season.
Arsenal meanwhile are still in limbo over making a formal offer for the goal-shy star, who has huge potential but is yet to produce the consistent numbers in terms of goals and assists that his talent hints at.
Gunners fans are absolutely desperate for Arsene Wenger to land a new striker in what remains of the current transfer window, but unless Arsenal think Welbeck's lofty wages represent value this particular deal is off the table.