Southampton's assistant manager Erwin Koeman has explained how the club were turned away after making a sensational move for PSV superstar Memphis Depay.
Depay, dubbed the "Dutch Cristiano Ronaldo", was subject to much speculation over the summer regarding a potential switch to a Premier League club.
The likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United were thought to be the favourites for his signature, but Koeman's latest admission makes the Saints the only club to have publicly expressed an interest in the 20-year-old so far.
Brother of Southampton boss Ronald, Erwin Koeman told Metro Nieuws:
"We informed our interest to his agent.”
“With his style he would fit well in England. Memphis is fast, focused and physically strong. Southampton would have been an excellent springboard for him to the very top of the Premier League.
"Here he would have had time to get used to the level and would have had two Dutch coaches who have great confidence in him, but he chose to stay at PSV.
“A big shame for us, but also for him.”
Depay is considered to be one of the biggest talents currently playing in the Eredivisie and in fairness he has justified that label with his phenomenal form for Philip Cocu's side.
The attacking left winger has scored 10 goals and made 2 assists in 13 appearances in all competition this season leading many to believe he could actually carry his side all the way to the Dutch title.
Dutch players of Depay's calibre aren't usually expected to remain in the Netherlands for very long and with his current form this season the youngster will surely have an even bigger queue of admirers vying for his signing come next summer.
Given Southampton's start to the season, we wonder if Depay would now reconsider?