If you wanted proof that the transfer window is, in fact, the Worst Thing About Football, it seems that this bloated and hyper-inflated game of Human Resources is the only thing that can stop Leicester City.
The Greatest Story Football Ever Told was irresistible last season, as five of the richest clubs in the world could not muster a response for Claudio Ranieri's freewheelin' unlikely lads. Now, however, the seductive glimpse of the Champions League on the horizon is sadly being obscured by the circling and swooping of the monied vultures.
Riyad Mahrez has rejected a contract offer and apparently wishes to leave, while Chelsea have snapped up midfield enforcer N'Golo Kanté, a man once memorably summed up in this line:
N'Golo Kanté lost his virginity, only to win it back.
Now, however, Everton may be about to deal an enormous blow to Leicester's recruitment policy as they are on the verge of snaring head of recruitment and assistant manager Steve Walsh from the King Power Stadium (or, presumably wherever his office is. Walsh likely only turns up at the ground once a fortnight).
Ronald Koeman wants Walsh to be his Sporting Director at Everton, with Walsh entrusted with control of transfers and player recruitment.
Walsh himself is understood to be keen at the new job opportunity, despite having signed a new Leicester contract a few weeks ago. Walsh is believed to have been responsible for the bargain-basement signings of Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kanté, so he would be quite a coup for Everton.
If Walsh can bring his expertise to Everton, it would prove quite the fillip for Everton fans.
Poor Leicester, though. Jamie Vardy might be checking the fine print on that contract he recently signed.
That said, this may mean a promotion in the coaching staff for the finest named man in England: Craig Shakespeare.