It was a search that extended across the globe and went right down to the wire last summer as Everton looked to bolster their attacking options.
Everton missed out on a raft of targets last summer as they aimed to replace Romelu Lukaku who had earlier joined Premier League rivals Manchester United.
The Blues believed they had secured the services of Olivier Giroud only for the Arsenal forward to perform a U-turn.
Everton continued to look for a replacement and made enquiries about Fernando Llorente while a move for Fiorentina’s Khouma Babacar was discussed.
The Blues were unwilling to pay over the odds as deadline day approached, despite the pressing need to replace Lukaku.
But the forgotten target of last summer is Real Sociedad hit-man Willian Jose.
Everton had, at one stage, looked in pole position to land the Brazilian with a fee of £28m mooted after director of football Steve Walsh had laid extensive groundwork on a move.
But the 26-year-old stayed put with the Blues’ interest fading, writes the Liverpool Echo.
Willian Jose signed a new deal in September, keeping him at Sociedad until June 2022, and has bagged 19 goals for the Basque club this season in all competitions – on the back of a 14 goal campaign last term.
What might have been …?