Craig Dawson was so close to leaving West Ham in the summer.
A new report from The Athletic makes it clear that the veteran centre-back was two hours away from a move to Wolves.
The two clubs had agreed a fee worth £4m and staff at Wolves were preparing for the player’s medical.
The Hammers, as we reported on the day, turned their attentions to signing Southampton centre-back Jan Bednarek as his replacement.
Bednarek, though, decided to move to Aston Villa instead, on a season-long loan, and that put paid to Dawson’s potential move to the Hammers, with Wolves informed two hours before the medical was booked.
Dawson has a contract that expires in 2023 so there is every chance that a move could be revisited in January, provided the Hammers can source a replacement.
Nayef Aguerd may be fit then, of course, while the other options in defence are Thilo Kehrer, Kurt Zouma, and Angelo Ogbonna.