Virgil van Dijk's desire to join Liverpool looked set to form one of the sagas of this transfer window, with the Liverpool Echo identifying the Southampton defender as a Reds target back in April.
Jurgen Klopp's side are desperate for a new centre-back ahead of their return to the Champions League, but any move for Van Dijk looked to be off the cards when they were forced to apologise to the Saints for their approach - as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
However, with less than two weeks until the new Premier League season, the Daily Mail are reporting that Van Dijk could yet join Liverpool as Southampton have identified a replacement in Wesley Hoedt.
This follows a report from the Daily Echo claiming that the Saints were hopeful Van Dijk could be reintegrated into Mauricio Pellegrino's first team squad.
While Hoedt would offer a like-for-like replacement, Southampton fans will now wonder why a deal has been left this late if their star defender was always going to be allowed to leave.
The reported £60million fee would give Pellegrino money to use in the closing weeks of the window, but he must now reinvest the money while juggling league commitments.
The Saints head into the season without a full-strength defensive line-up and will rue the delay if they do not make the most of a favourable fixture list to start the season.