As recently as the 2010/11 campaign, Danny Ings was turning out in the Conference South with Dorchester Town.
A loan switch was intended to get the youngster competitive minutes and ready him for Football League competition with Bournemouth.
He did enough after returning to his parent club to earn a £1 million move to Burnley in August 2011.
It took the striker a couple of seasons to find his feet in the Championship, but he exploded into life last term.
A 21-goal return helped to fire the Clarets to promotion, and Ings has picked up where he left off in the Premier League.
Burnley have responded well to a testing start to clamber out of the bottom three, with Ings netting four times in 13 top-flight appearances.
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His efforts have been noted outside of Turf Moor, with Newcastle United, Everton and Southampton all reported to be keen.
It is also being suggested by The Sunday Mirror that European giants Ajax have joined the chase for a player who is due to become a free agent next summer.
Former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars, now director of football in Amsterdam, is said to be scouring the English market for talent and believes Ings could do a job in the Eredivisie.
Burnley have no interest in sanctioning a January sale, with there a desire on their part to keep the 22-year-old on their books, but Sean Dyche may see his resolve tested in the New Year as interest mounts in the England U21 international.