Leeds United could finally buck the trend in January, by snapping up Sheffield Wednesday forward George Hirst.
Hirst has stalled over penning a new contract at Wednesday, with his wage demands thought to be a stumbling block.
And if Leeds did manage to bring in Hirst it would finally be a case of role reversal.
Leeds know exactly how it feels to lose some of their most promising talents, after having their star academy graduates plucked from them on numerous occasions in recent years.
Leeds have lost Lewis Cook, Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor in recent memory - with Massimo Cellino doing little to protect their best talents.
But with Andrea Radrizzani already signing Ronaldo Vieira up on a long-term deal and Leeds linked to Hirst, it suggests that a change could finally happen at Elland Road.
And, for once, Leeds may feel what it is like to sign a prized talent, rather than lost one of their own.