Sam Allardyce will be hastily making plans to get his Sunderland side up to standard, but will have to do so without a player he attempted to sign for West Ham.
The Telegraph reported in August 2014 how Allardyce attempted to sign striker Connor Wickham, even having a £5 million bid rejected. The paper claimed he was willing to increase his offer to £8 million, but Sunderland planned to resist the east London side's advances.
22-year-old Wickham was this summer sold to Crystal Palace for a fee of £9 million.
After being priced out of a move a year ago, West Ham brought in Diafra Sakho instead, a move which worked out well for the Hammers
Standing tall at 6ft 2", Wickham very much fits the physique of a target man Allardyce likes his sides to play, but the striker flattered to deceive under various bosses on Wearside, even sent out on loan back to the Championship.
Allardyce still has options at Sunderland, with Jermain Defoe, Steven Fletcher and Ola Toivonen all hoping to benefit from his know how, organisation and the feel good factor his arrival will bring.
At Palace this season Wickham has started only two games and made one extra appearance as a substitute - but the possibility of Allardyce seeking to bring him back to Sunderland is far fetched, surely?