Up until an 11th-hour intervention from Stoke City, Middlesbrough were on the cusp of completing a move for veteran goalkeeper Shay Given on a free transfer.
The Irishman was on course to return to Teesside, where he spent three months on loan during the 2013/14 campaign, endearing himself to the Boro faithful immensely during this stint.
News of his potential return was met with elation from the Teessiders, but that moment of glee proved all too brief, with Mark Hughes and Stoke muscling in on the deal.
Hughes brought Given to Manchester City in February 2009 and it looks almost certain they’ll link up again, with the 39-year-old likely to provide cover and tutelage for England youngster Jack Butland, who looks set to take the number one reins in Staffordshire from next season.
A schooling from one of the greatest goalkeepers to grace the English game is no doubt excellent news for Butland and the England national team, but this will matter little to Aitor Karanka and Middlesbrough, who must revive their search for a new net minder.
Losing out to a bigger fish is a frustration Boro have experienced before, with another transfer travail of the north east outfit one of the more famous transfer hijacks in Premier League history.
The Uruguayan forward was widely recognised to be on his way to the Riverside Stadium in January 2002, when Sir Alex Ferguson donned his highwayman clobber and to rob Boro’s bounty.
Manchester United paid Independiente his £6.9m fee in one installment, with Middlesbrough hoping to do so over three, and offered the player a fatter pay packet too.
The move didn’t work out for either party in the end, with Forlan scoring just 17 goals across 98 appearances for the Old Trafford outfit before being sold to Villarreal.
Rumour has it the Brazilian winger was in the reception of Tottenham’s training ground when he got a call telling him Chelsea had lodged a bid for his services.
He subsequently hot-footed across the capital and signed for the west Londoners, who paid £30m for the privilege.
Willian has since become a favourite of the management and fans at Stamford Bridge, featuring in all bar two of Chelsea’s games en route to winning the 2014/15 Premier League title.
Legendary Man Utd midfielder Keane had agreed to sign for Blackburn from Nottingham Forest in 1993, though Rovers’ failure to force the Irishman to sign the contract they’d settled upon on the Friday allowed the Red Devils to swoop in over the weekend.
The flyweight forward was set to sign for Chelsea as the 2008/09 summer transfer deadline approached.
So sure was he that he was Blues-bound, in Robinho’s first press conference post-deadline he revealed “at the last minute, Chelsea made me a great offer, which I accepted.”
This Freudian slip sparked quickly-quelled confusion as, but a few days earlier, he’d actually rejected the west Londoners to join Manchester City.