Liverpool reportedly missed out on Ghanaian international striker Asamoah Gyan on the final day of the transfer window.
The Reds are thought to have enquired over a number of forwards, with new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson stating his desire to add a striker partner who could lift the burden off Fernando Torres.
Carlton Cole and Bobby Zamora were both thought to be high on the Anfield radar, but the Metro suggests that the Merseyside outfit also attempted to make a move for Gyan, who went on to become Sunderland's record transfer fee in the closing hours of the window.
The Rennes striker's move to the Stadium of Light appeared to be stuttering late in the day, and the former Fulham boss reportedly considered out-bidding the Black Cats in his desperate attempts to sign a striker.
Gyan rose to prominence after a string of fine displays for the Black Stars at the World Cup in South Africa. The 24-year-old began his career at Liberty Professionals before moving to Udinese as a raw teenager in 2003.
His time with the Zebrette in Serie 'A' wasn't always great, with the striker only making 39 appearances in five years for the club. He did spend two seasons on loan at Modena, but would leave the Stadio Friuli permanently in 2008. Ligue 1 Rennes would pay €8 million for the player.
After two solid seasons in France, followed by the impressive World Cup, Premier League clubs started to take interest. Steve Bruce would secure the player's signature, but it could have been different if these reports are to be believed.
"The Sunderland coach has faith in me because he has been following me for two years now," Gyan said after completing the deal.
"My family is in England already and I am happy this is the right place for me. I am pleased I have the opportunity to come to the Premier League."