Kurt Zouma completed a season-long loan to Stoke City today, after signing a new six-year contract with Premier League champions Chelsea.
But why weren't West Ham United in the running to sign the 22-year-old?
It's no secret that West Ham have plenty of centre-back options - Winston Reid, James Collins, Angelo Ogbonna and Jose Fonte to name a few - but the East Londoners could have certainly benefited from signing the France international on loan.
Ogbonna is arguably the only reliable option that Slaven Bilic has at his disposal. Reid is 29 and injured; Collins is 33; Fonte is 33 and awful.
The Irons have enjoyed a fantastic week on the transfer front, having signed Joe Hart and Javier Hernandez, while a club-record move £24 million move for Marko Arnautovic looks close to being completed.
Every position in the Hammers' spine has been strengthened except centre-back and Zouma is a brilliant one who West Ham could've done with next season.
Bilic's overhaul this summer is more exciting than anything going on in the Potteries, and the young defender might well have chosen them before Stoke, but we'll never know.