Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says that he has nearly signed two current Southampton players at different times during his managerial career.
Villa take on the Saints on Monday evening and Lambert knows all about the quality that Ronald Koeman has in his squad.
The Scottish boss revealed that he tried to sign Fraser Forster when he was in-charge at Norwich City and that he was priced out of a deal to bring Dusan Tadic to Villa Park in 2013.
“I had him [Forster] at Norwich [on loan] in League One,” he told Sky Sports. “We tried to re-sign him permanently but we couldn't do it at that time.
“We tried to get Tadic here, the January before last. We've known about his talents for a while now, but there were loads of factors which just meant we couldn't get it done.
"It was January 2013, he was at FC Twente, and they were looking for a right few quid."
Lambert's two former targets have been in fine form for Southampton this season, since signing in the summer.
Forster has been a sturdy and reliable figure in between the sticks at St. Mary's, aiding the side as they have kept the best defensive record in the division so far.
Tadic, too, has been eye-catchingly effective since completing a move from FC Twente.
The attacking midfielder's poise and creativity going forward has given Saints a real threat going forward and his six assists to date are evidence of his ability in possession.
The pair have helped lift Southampton into second spot in the Premier League table and they will be looking to help consolidate this position by beating Villa on Monday night.
Lambert's men have failed to win any of their last seven fixtures and it means that Southampton are heavy favourites to pick up the three-points to take back to the South Coast when the two sides meet.