Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock thought he had signed Danny Graham in the summer only for Swansea City to clinch the deal.
The striker left Watford in the summer and the newly-promoted Rs were keen on landing the free-scoring Championship man.
Warnock had Graham in his house and thought a deal was in the bag, only for fellow top-flight new boys Swansea to land his signature.
Graham is likely to line up against QPR on Tuesday and Warnock would still love the striker to have been in his squad.
"I had Danny Graham in my house," revealed Warnock said. "I thought that [a deal] was all done and dusted.
"He will be playing against us and it would have been nice for him to be with us.
"He is a nice lad but that happened on four or five occasions in the summer. Doing a lot of work, spending a lot of weeks chasing players to finally get them to agree and then not to be able to sign them was a massive blow to me.
"It meant it was a waste of time for sort of eight or nine weeks when we really should have done some of the business.
"Because of that we had to change targets, looking for different types of players and it was never going to be the same.
"It really has been a bit of a mixed bag and I think both Swansea and Norwich benefited from getting on with their business and planning it all.
"We chopped and changed, were spurned just before the end of the deadline, which is why the only objective for us is staying up.
"We have to be positive. Yes, we need certain help in the squad to push us on but I think we're quite capable of doing that and finishing strongly."