Yevhen Konoplyanka had a busy January and summer linked with moves to Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United, but remains at Ukrainian club Dnipro.
Liverpool even sent a negotiating team to Ukraine on deadline day in January, coming home with only their tails between their legs as time ran out to conclude a deal.
The winger's future is now threatening to take a new twist at the end of this calendar year, with Konoplyanka refusing to sign a new contract at the club.
The Star report his desire to leave the Ukraine for a new challenge, with his contract expiring next June.
That means team will be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement for his services from January 1.
Which teams place him on their priority list will depend largely on the performances of current players this season.
Spurs wingers Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend were linked with exits this transfer window to QPR and Southampton only for the club to resist, but poor campaigns this year could see the club look to upgrade.
Konoplanka would certainly be just that for Liverpool if they could permanently offload Oussama Assaidi, while Wilfried Zaha is under pressure at Crystal Palace to show Manchester United he is deserving of a second chance, not to mention Ashley Young, who remains on the cusp at Old Trafford.
Konoplyanka, 24, has 37 international caps and three goals, and last season scored 13 and provided nine assists for Dnipro.