With Liverpool seeking attacking reinforcements last summer, manager Brendan Rodgers made the move to bring Rickie Lambert back to the club.
Lambert, 32, started his career with his boyhood club at the age of ten, but was released 15, with his career taking an amazing path back to Anfield.
Spells with Blackpool, Macclesfield Town, Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers led to a £1m move to Southampton in 2009, and just continued to score goals at every level.
League One, Championship, Premier League - it didn't matter, Lambert found the back of the net. 117 goals in 235 games was a staggering record with the Saints, and his £4m move back to Merseyside was seen as the Plan B Rodgers needed at Liverpool.
Yet so far, Lambert has started just five Premier League games, scoring only once - and that came against Crystal Palace, who now want to sign the England international.
Targeting Swansea City's Bafetimbi Gomis seems to be hitting a dead end, leaving Pardew to turn to Lambert - just six months into his return to Merseyside.
Lambert reportedly wants to stay with Liverpool given that they're his boyhood club, but with additional interest from Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion, a January move could well be on the cards for Lambert.