Former Bayern Munich ace Jerome Boateng turned down a return to the Premier League with Wolverhampton Wanderers in order to join Lyon instead, as reported by BILD.
The Black Country giants wanted a physical number nine but left it too late to lure Kieffer Moore away from Cardiff City.
A loan deal for Renato Sanches collapsed on deadline day and, despite spending the entire summer chasing a commanding centre-half, the closest they got was the exciting yet unproven 20-year-old Yerson Mosquera.
A potential deal for Portugal international Ruben Semedo hit the buffers due to work permit concerns and, according to BILD, World Cup winner Boateng also slipped through the club’s fingers.
Why did Jerome Boateng turn down Wolves?
It is believed that Wolves offered the one-time Manchester City defender a substantial salary at Molineux.
But, after receiving advice from his entourage, Boateng choose Lyon instead – despite the club’s well-publicised off-field problems and a much-lower contract on offer at the Groupama Stadium.
It is not exactly certain why Boateng turned down Wolves’ approach.
Perhaps, having played Premier League football before, albeit during a short-lived spell at the Etihad, the nine-time Bundesliga champion fancied a completely new challenge on the other side of the Channel.
“I want to thank everyone for the warm welcome,” said a 33-year-old who should bring some invaluable experience to a callow dressing room.
“I can’t wait to write a new chapter in my story. I can’t wait to meet my teammates. I know the team is young and I will try to bring my experience.
“I received other proposals but I quickly made up my mind. I thank the people who made sure that I came here. I have known the club for a long time, I have seen them play in the Champions League.”