When Liverpool snapped up Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Anthony Le Tallec from Le Havre in 2001 they were believed to be signing two of the hottest prospects in world football.
Sinama-Pongolle in particular had a very impressive reputation for a teenager. He has just helped France win the FIFA under-17 World Championship - a tournament for which his performances were rewarded with the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe.
But much like the rest of that French team neither really went on the the great heights expected of them.
Le Tallec has carved out a solid but unspectacular niche for himself in French football while Sinama-Pongolle has certainly been more of a journeyman.
He has played in Spain, Portugal and most recently he had a mixed time with Russian outfit FC Rostov.
That is not to say he did not have his moments. He was excellent at Recreative Huelva in Spain, even earning a French cap in 2008. He also has plenty of silverware. A UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FA Cup medal apiece from his time at Liverpool - and a Russian Cup triumph from last season at Rostov.
He has been a free agent for much of this summer - but is finally on the move again. The 29-year-old has decided to head over to the USA and sign for Chicago Fire. Their interest in the player has been reported for quite some time and they now finally have their man.
He has signed on a short term deal until the 31st December which, if a success, could be extended to a two-year deal in North America.