Bristol City boss Keith Millen has revealed Swansea star Scott Sinclair was previously on the radar of his two predecessors at Ashton Gate.
City visit the in-form Swans in the Championship on Wednesday evening with Millen acknowledging 21-year-old Sinclair, who has already scored seven goals this season, as a major threat.
And the manager says the young winger, who arrived at the Liberty Stadium from Chelsea in the summer having started his career with the Robins' local rivals Bristol Rovers, was previously a target of former bosses Gary Johnson and Steve Coppell.
"The club had been tracking Scott's progress for a long time, way before his move to Swansea in the summer," Millen told the Robins' official website.
"Gary Johnson was always a big fan of his and then Steve Coppell was very interested in signing him during the summer when he arrived.
"Chelsea quoted us a big fee and that's when Steve chose to look at Albert Adomah and sign him instead.
"Swansea then took him for £500,000 which was a bit of a surprise. Had we been quoted that price originally then we may have done the business.
"But we're delighted with what Albert has produced for us so far so there's little point looking back."