Luka Jovic turned down a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers before re-joining Eintracht Frankfurt from Real Madrid, according to SportBILD.
It was like he had never been away.
With Frankfurt struggling to break down a strangely-well-drilled Schalke side at the weekend, super-sub Jovic needed just ten minutes to remind everyone why Madrid paid £52 million for him 18 months ago.
The Serbia international lashed a supreme volley into the top corner, marking his return to the Commerzbank Arena with a trademark finish. Shortly after, he had a second; ensuring that he had scored as many goals within 20 minutes back at Frankfurt as he managed in 32 games in Spain.
According to SportBILD, Wolves and West Ham both made offers for Jovic this month but, once Adi Hutter’s Eagles came calling, there was only one club the 23-year-old wanted to join.
If he can replicate the form that saw him score 27 goals during a stunning 2018/19 season, firing Frankfurt to the brink of the Europa League final along the way, Real Madrid may soon be wondering whether they should have given one of the continent’s brightest young strikers more chances.
For West Ham, their search for a Sebastien Haller replacement goes on with no end in sight.
At least Wolves will soon have a new number nine through the door, with Willian Jose arriving from Real Sociedad.