This summer West Ham United pulled off a massive coup by convincing former Arsenal star Alex Song to join them on loan for the season.
The Cameroonian was still considered by many as one of the best in his position. However, a poor World Cup and a lack of football with Barcelona behind him, he wanted to play regular first-team football - and he wanted to do it in England.
Because he admitted not long after his signing that plenty of big teams had wanted him. He even said Champions League teams were keen, obviously.
One such team it has now emerged was Marseille. In a conversation with L'Equipe this weekend, ahead of a meeting with his former team Arsenal in the Premier League this afternoon, he revealed some of his options from the summer gone.
"I could play the Champions League in Italy, Naples or the Roma in Turkey. I could also play France at Marseille . But my priority was to return to England."
Now the Marseille interest has been elaborated on. In French source Le Phoceen it is explained that Marseille did in fact have an agreement with Barcelona to sign the player. They report that the Marseille president Vincent Labrune agreed a €6 million fee to snap up the player.
But when the deal went along the desk of Marseille's enigmatic boss Marcelo Bielsa he rejected the deal, wanting to give the role to Alaixys Romao instead.
Marseille's loss has been West Ham's gain.