But that is exactly what has happened, after Valencia snapped up Helder Postiga from Real Zaragoza this summer.
Spurs paid Porto £6.25 million for the Portuguese international in 2003 - only to flog him back to the club in exchange for Pedro Mendes one year, 24 games and one goal later.
Since then he has journeyed to France, Greece and found himself in Spain - where he had a big impact for relegated side Zaragoza last season.
With money tight, despite the Soldado sale, and the taxman breathing down their necks Valencia have been forced into doing bargain deals this summer, and Postiga was one of them.
Yesterday, Postiga had his first impact in a Valencia shirt - with his first goal for the club.
He followed on to a clever outside of the boot lay-off by Jonas before firing a calm right-foot finish beyond reported Arsenal target Kiko Casilla in the Espanyol net.
Now while it is not the start Soldado has made in London, scoring three times in two games for the club, it is still a solid beginning to things for the 31-year-old.
Not that it mattered in the end. The Barcelona side came back from 1-0 down to win 3-1 with goals from David Lopez, Christian Stuani and Thievy Bifouma proving enough for victory.
But Postiga will still be pleased at taking the first steps to filling the boots of Tottenham’s new £26 million man.
Here is his goal…
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