When Tottenham Hotspur signed exciting young German midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng his arrival caused palpable excitement.
He arrived from Hertha Berlin with a reputation as one of the best young players in Germany - but his time at Spurs was not a happy one.
It was Martin Jol who brought him in to White Hart Lane but he was soon out of his job - eplaced by Juande Ramos.
Ramos was not a fan of the player and he only featured 21 times that season.
In the following season, 2008-09 - and under the tutelage of yet another manager in Harry Redknapp - he again struggled.
This time however he only played three times for the club and was deemed surplus to requirements - joining Portsmouth in 2009.
But before his switch to the South Coast he almost joined German outfit Borussia Dortmund - at the time in the process of rebuilding their side under the stewardship of exciting young manager Jurgen Klopp.
In fact Boateng spent time on loan in Westphalia whilst a Spurs player. He even reportedly impressed Klopp enough to convince him to try sign the player at the end of his loan stint - however the club did not have the money to snap him up:
‘’We would like to keep him, but we just did not have the money that his club Tottenham required. If we had the money tomorrow, he would be back tomorrow.’’
Since then much has changed. Boateng has gone on to become a superstar in Italy with AC Milan while Klopp has guided Dortmund through one of their most successful periods in their history.
And now the pair could link up once again.
Boateng has been linked with a move away from the Rossoneri in recent weeks. Despite his love for AC Milan his love of Italy has waned - with his experience with racist abuse apparently souring his time on the boot peninsula.
AS Monaco have been the favourites to sign him but the player seemed to intimate he would like a move back to Dortmund at some point in the future:
"Bundesliga is always interesting to me. However, at the moment, I'm still wearing the red-and-black jersey of Milan. At the moment Klopp is still busy with his pre-season preparations, so he doesn't have much time. We both have a lot of things to do. But we chat regularly. And that won't change, as he is like a friend of mine."
So, four years later, can Klopp finally get his man?
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