Albert Adomah was close to joining Middlesbrough from Aston Villa last week, according to reports from the Midlands.
Birmingham Live have published an in-depth look at Adomah's proposed move to Teesside - and why the move ultimately collapsed.
With Tony Pulis desperate to sign a winger before Friday's loan deadline, a move for Adomah - who has previously made over 100 appearances for the club - was mooted.
And the reports from Birmingham Live suggest that a deal was very close to completion before the goalposts were moved.
According to the report, Admoah approached Villa in the summer over a possible contract extension only to be told that any deal would be on severely reduced terms.
That led to the winger's representatives touting the winger around to a number of Championship clubs, with Leeds and Middlesbrough both offered the chance to seal a deal.
Adomah, it is claimed, preferred the option of moving back to Teesside than joining Leeds - meaning any potential deal with the Whites fell through.
A deal with Boro, however, looked to be gathering momentum and the report claims that Adomah had agreed to sign a loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer.
However, the goalposts were moved as the winger made his way to Middlesbrough's Rockliffe base.
Birmingham Live claim that the Teessiders were interested in a loan deal without the option to make it permanent, while Adomah was keen to see the move evolve into a permanent one.
That difference in opinions saw the move collapse, at which Boro are thought to have turned their attentions to Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon.
With the deal having fallen through, the winger was left to return to Villa Park - although his days at the club look numbered after he was omitted from the squad that suffered a heavy defeat to Sheffield United on Saturday.