Billericay Town was no stranger to a surprise signing, but this one surely would have dominated the field.
TalkSPORT’s Jamie O’Hara, who played and managed the non-league team, revealed that there had been a conversation about trying to sign Football Manager icon Freddy Adu.
Anyone who played the Football Manager game in the early 2000s would have signed the American sensation, who was supposed to achieve great things in real life.
However, he fell short of his “next Pelé” and had a companion career where he represented 15 clubs.
He never made it to England, but O’Hara told talkSPORT on Wednesday that Billericay had already considered trying to capture him.
They had signed a number of former Premier League stars including O’Hara, Jermaine Pennant and Paul Konchesky. However, it would have been the boldest of the bunch if it had stood out.
But all hope of Adu joining the Essex-based party died soon enough due to problems with him getting a work permit.
Adu burst onto the scene, signing for DC United at the age of 14. This made him the youngest American to ever sign a professional major league contract in any team sport.
He has represented the United States 17 times, although the most prestigious tournament he has ever played for them was at the 2008 Olympics.
Maybe not the one who got away with regards to O’Hara and Billericay.