Last month Everton were claimed to be in pole position to sign Austrian centre-back Aleksandar Dragovic, but in light of David Moyes' exit from the club it is fair to say that deal is no longer on.
The Toffees may well resurrect the deal when they appoint a new manager, but the longer their search goes on for a new boss, the more chance is they could be too late to the defender.
This is because the Basel centre-back has been busy talking about his future in the light of his club's defeat in the Swiss Cup Final, and is keen to make a move to England.
And if David Moyes is still considering him as an option to bring to his new club, now he is getting his feet under the table at Old Trafford, recent comments from the defender may give him food for thought.
Dragovic is quoted as saying: "My goal is to play in England. I hope to retrace the steps and the career of my model: Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United."
Clearly in his comment he is not specifically stating he wants to move to Manchester United, more that he wants to emulate the success Vidic has had in the Premier League, being regarded as a success and revered by his peers, winning five Premier League titles.
But if Moyes were to make an approach for him, you can bet Dragovic would jump at the chance to join the Red Devils.
Getting rid of Vidic would be a bold move for David Moyes to make, but every option has to be on the table as he begins his new job, with the Serbian having a high market value, being over 30, and having a history of knee problems.
Doing this without signing a replacement may be foolhardy, but signing Dragovic could make up for that.
On the football pitch he is carving out a reputation for himself as one of Europe's most up and coming defenders, while off it he has a reputation too - notoriously slapping a politician on the head in Switzerland.
A full Austrian international of 20 caps, Dragovic helped Basel to the Europa League semi-final this season and has also bagged four goals from the back.
He played 90 minutes on both occasions for Basel against Manchester United a season ago when the Swiss side helped dump the Red Devils out at the group stages, although he may not remember his trip to Old Trafford fondly as he was part of a defence which shipped three goals in a 3-3 draw.
Available for around €10 million or possibly slightly less, he may just be a tempting offer for Moyes, strengthening the backline further while also allowing plenty of funds spare to concentrate on attacking areas.
Given Moyes' past interest in the player, this may just be one to watch.
Would Dragovic be a good signing for United?