Former Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn has told Radio Yorkshire that he wanted to sign Joey Barton, Jason Shackell, Matt Phillips and Charlie Adam - and all four players were looking to make the move to Elland Road.
Redfearn, 50, won 33% of his games during a full-time spell as Leeds manager, but Massimo Cellino replaced him with Uwe Rosler last summer, in a move which some Leeds fans weren't too happy with.
A boyhood Leeds fan who did some outstanding work with the club's youth setup, bringing through players like Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and the now-departed Sam Byram, Redfearn performed well despite difficult circumstances at Elland Road.
Now, Redfearn has been sacked by Championship rivals Rotherham United, and has looked back on his turbulent time as Leeds manager.
Speaking to Radio Yorkshire, Redfearn has talked about his hopes in the transfer window towards the end of last season, as he was still under the impression that he could be in charge this season.
Redfearn revealed that he had a shortlist of players containing Burnley midfielder Joey Barton (then a free agent), Derby County centre back Jason Shackell (then with Burnley), QPR winger Matty Phillips and Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam, who knew Redfearn's assistant Steve Thompson from their time together at Blackpool.
Redfearn also claims that all four players wanted to join Leeds, but not even one of the players ended up at Elland Road as Leeds decided to appoint Rosler rather than keep Redfearn in the dugout, whilst he also admitted that Nicola Salerno did most of the recruitment before his departure.
"Well, the recruitment side was took out of my hands," said Redfearn. "Obviously, I was consulted about players coming in and what would be good and what might not be good, but by and large, players were brought in by Nicola Salerno. Some were good, some were not so good - I think that's fair to say. I was basically employed as a coach."
"I was consulted at the end of the season by Andrew Umbers about possible signings and additions to the side, and I came up with a list, with people like Joey Barton, Jason Shackell and Matty Phillips at QPR. All good players, and obviously Charlie Adam, who Thommo knew from Stoke City. These were all players that were interested, at that time we'd contacted them through different sources, and they were genuinely interested in coming to play for Leeds United," he added.
Would Barton, Shackell, Phillips and Adam have been good signings for Leeds?