When Leander Dendoncker moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer it left many West Ham United fans miffed.
West Ham had long been linked with the rising Belgian star under former manager David Moyes.
Moyes and his assistant Stuart Pearce scouted the utility player at Anderlecht.
And according to RMC Sport in France the Hammers were willing to pay as much as £25 million for Dendoncker.
Sky Sports reported West Ham had a bid turned down for the defender-cum-midfielder.
It was Wolves who got the 23-year-old in the end, though, on loan with the option to buy.
Dendoncker irony for injury-hit West Ham
Dendoncker’s arrival was seen by many as evidence Nuno Espirito Santo was going all out to make a splash on the club’s return to the big time.
And what a return it has been too.
Wolves are battling out with the likes of West Ham for the European places.
The Hammers have a Premier League-worst injury list which has left them short, particularly in midfield.
It is somewhat ironic then that Dendoncker seems surplus to requirements at Molineux.
Bullet dodged or right player wrong club?
Dendoncker has managed just four appearances this season. One of those came in the impressive 3-1 win at Tottenham with the young star shining in a holding midfield role.
But is his lack of game time proof that Pellegrini was right not to follow-up Moyes’ interest in the summer?
West Ham look to have spent their £100 million well in the summer. Dendoncker would have take up a sizeable chunk of that cash.
So perhaps West Ham should be grateful to Wolves for being the testbed for the Belgian, who is already being linked with a move to Serie A following his Premier League flop.
If the Belgian is available, perhaps West Ham should reignite their interest to give Pellegrini more options.
The likes of Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid and Carlos Sanchez are all out long term.
Dendoncker can play in central midfield and at centre back too.
Time will tell who made the right call.