Signing Jack Marriott could signal the end of a two-year pursuit by the Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk, stretching back to his time at Birmingham City.
Various reports have claimed that Wednesday are in talks to take the Derby County striker on loan.
And it is perhaps no surprise, considering Monk was also credited with an interest while in charge at St Andrew’s.
According to The Birmingham Mail, the 41-year-old’s then side were among a clutch from the Championship who were ‘sniffing around’ Marriott in 2018.
Marriott – with whom Wednesday were also linked, separately – had just scored 33 goals in a single season for Peterborough United and would eventually join Derby for an initial fee of around £3 million that summer.
But, if true, Monk’s previous pursuit of the player could count in Wednesday’s favour, in the event that rival clubs are also keen on the 26-year-old Sheffield United supporter.
If Marriott moves to Hillsborough, it would not be the first time the Owls have done business with Derby late in the transfer window.
On deadline day in 2017, Wednesday loaned Sam Winnall to the Rams and borrowed Jacob Butterfield in exchange.
And the Yorkshire club will hope that any move for Marriott works out better than that one, which saw Winnall seriously injured and Butterfield spend eight months impersonating a footballer.
Wednesday are also been linked with a move for the Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter, who played for Birmingham last season.