Former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet turned down the chance to sign Chelsea winger Victor Moses on a season-long loan deal last summer, according to a surprise report in the Sunderland Echo.
The Uruguayan coach - who was relieved of his duties at the Stadium of Light on Monday - blocked the Black Cats' attempt to lure the Nigeria international to Wearside, despite the fact his side are crying out for a wide-man.
Instead, Moses moved to the Britannia Stadium to join Stoke City on a temporary deal, where he's gone on to impress after scoring four goals in 22 appearances for Mark Hughes's side.
The attacking threat that the Blues outcast can cause would surely have benefitted Sunderland during their season of struggle, so it seems strange that Poyet rejected the opportunity to take the fleet-footed forward for the duration of the 2014/15 campaign.
Instead, the former Brighton & Hove Albion boss focused his attention on the pursuit of Italian forward Fabio Borini, who spent the second half of last season on loan in the North East from Liverpool.
However, the 23-year-old made it clear that he wanted to stay at Anfield and fight for his place in Brendan Rodgers's side, so Poyet was clearly wasting his time putting so much effort into recruiting a player that had no desire to join them permanently.
The arrival of Moses could've been decisive in Poyet's bid to steer Sunderland away from the relegation zone this term, but after overseeing a dreadful run of just one win from their last 12 Premier League games senior chiefs removed the South American from his managerial position.
Veteran Dutch coach Dick Advocaat has been appointed as Poyet's successor on a short-term deal for the rest of the season, and he'll be tasked with improving the club's fortunes in an attempt to retain Sunderland's top-flight status with the team precariously poised just above the drop zone with nine games still to play.
What does the future hold for Victor Moses?
Meanwhile, Moses continues to impress with the Potters but still faces an uncertain future of his own when he finally returns to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Jose Mourinho will have to decide whether he sees the 24-year-old as part of his first-team plans moving forward. If not, then don't be surprised to see the African attacker sold by Chelsea permanently in the next transfer window.
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