The Dutch winger is currently playing in the Russian capital, but is wanted by Juventus.
The then FC Twente winger, who was in the 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup last summer meaning he had obviously already caught the eye of Manchester United's new boss Louis van Gaal. So it was little wonder that the Red Devils were keeping an eye on the player.
But in the end he went elsewhere. He joined Russian side Spartak Moscow in August of last year. Just last month he discussed his decision to head to Russia, claiming he had been targeted by United. He was reported by The Mirror to have said:
"I can confirm that. But a concrete proposal did not exist.
"Frankly, I felt at that moment not ready to make the transfer to Manchester.
"Who could guarantee me that I would not be constantly overlooked at United."
Promes has been in good form for the Russian side. At the weekend he scored twice against Mordovia Saransk to take his tally to nine for the season from 23 appearances.
But despite things going well for Promes it is being reported he is on the brink of leaving Spartak after just one season with the club.
It is reported by Dutch source Algemeen Dagblad that Promes' agent will travel to Turin in the coming weeks to discuss a potential move to Juventus. He is said to want an exit from Russia after just one season.
It is not reported whether a recent charge against the club for racism has anything to do with the player's decision to leave the Russian capital.
But considering he is back on the market, Manchester United may want to revisit their interest in the player.