With the transfer window in full swing, supporters may well be recalling some of the deals that their sides targeted in years gone by which, while they may not have seemed a big deal when they missed out at the time, have since gone down in folklore or have haunted the club that missed out.
With that in mind, here is a look at nine particular potential transfers that perhaps few would have believed were once in the pipeline...
Gareth Bale to Wolves
According to former Wolves striker Kevin Doyle, only an injury at Tottenham prevented Gareth Bale arriving at Molineux on loan back in 2009, the Express and Star reports. Four years later, he would leave White Hart Lane for Real Madrid in a deal worth £85 million.
Luis Suarez to Tottenham
Harry Redknapp told TalkSPORT in 2016 that during his time as Tottenham manager, he was interested in signing Luis Suarez, but ended up landing Louis Saha instead. The Uruguayan is now scoring for fun at Barcelona.
Andres Iniesta was attracting Rangers' attention back in 2003
Andres Iniesta to Rangers
Andres Iniesta may have won the World Cup, two European Championships, a number of Champions Leagues and practically every other honour available to Barcelona, but he missed out on the chance to be Barry Ferguson's replacement at Rangers back in 2003. According to Alex McLeish, in quotes reported by the Daily Record, Iniesta was promoted to the Barca first-team shortly after the Gers made a loan bid.
Andriy Shevchenko to West Ham
According to Dream Team FC, Andriy Shevchenko was made available to West Ham for just £1 million before he became one of Europe's best strikers. Then-Hammers boss Harry Redknapp felt that the fee was too great for the Ukrainian.
Ronaldinho to St Mirren
According to the Scotsman, St Mirren tried to bring Ronaldinho to Scotland in 2001. Within four years, he had become the world's best player, won the Champions League, La Liga twice and the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, famously lobbing David Seaman on the way to the country's fifth triumph in the competition.
Pavel Nedved to Duisburg
Spox reports that Pavel Nedved was on the verge of signing for Duisburg in 1996, with the formalities set for completion after that summer's European Championships. Unfortunately, after shining for Czechoslovakia, he ended up joining Lazio, becoming one of Europe's classiest midfielders.
Diego Maradona to Sheffield United
The Guardian reports that Sheffield United nearly signed a 17-year-old Diego Maradona after agreeing a £200,000 fee. Unfortunately, the deal fell through when the Blades were unable to increase the fee, and the Argentinian went on to become one of the greatest players the game has ever seen - if not the best of all time.
Roberto Carlos to Aston Villa
Roberto Carlos nearly joined Aston Villa in 1995, he recently told The Sun. Brian Little was unconvinced about Carlos and instead signed Gareth Southgate, while Carlos ended up playing for the likes of Real Madrid.
David Beckham to Sunderland
Steve Bruce confirmed to the Telegraph in 2010 that he tried to bring David Beckham to Sunderland on loan 18 months previously. The former England skipper turned down the chance to move to the Stadium of Light, instead joining AC Milan from LA Galaxy.
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