Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reported via his website in June that Leeds had made an approach for Pescara's Birkir Bjarnason.
The Icelandic international had played under then head coach Uwe Rosler previously, but the German was unable to seal the deal for the midfielder.
Bjarnason ended up signing for FC Basel a month later, and has not looked back.
He has scored five goals from midfield already this season in 21 games, also providing three assists.
That is more than Leeds United's entire midfield have contributed this season, with Alex Mowatt netting twice, and Tom Adeyemi once.
Luke Murphy has been a big disappointment this campaign, while despite his solitary goal, Adeyemi has also faded in recent weeks.
As well as playing in central midfield, Bjarnason has the ability to play out on the wing, as he has done this season for Basel, featuring on both the left and the right.
Leeds' solutions for wide positions have failed to produce, with Jordan Botaka nor Will Buckley yet to make an impact.
Bjarnason cost Basel just £1.4 million, transfermarkt report, in the same range as Leeds spent on Botaka, and while the DR Congo international has every chance of coming good, Bjarnason is busy showing for Basel that he would have been a player better suited at coming in and making an immediate impact.