Wolverhampton Wanderers' summer transformation is set for another big twist if South Korean front man Seol Ki-Hyeon completes an expected seven-figure move to Premiership new boys Reading.
Not even the surprise weekend resignation of manager Glenn Hoddle, whose snubbing of Seol from the New Year onwards almost cost him his place at the World Cup finals, will persuade the Wolves winger to stay.
Reading, who had been linked with Seol before the end of last season, have now agreed a fee with Wolves and Seol is ready to sign for an initial £1 million when he returns to England from his delayed summer break next week.
Signed by then manager Dave Jones for £1.2 million from Anderlecht in August 2004, Wolves will recoup most of that investment on Seol, with the possibility of more to come. There is a further £500,000 at stake depending on appearances and a sell-on clause.
While that may seem on the high side for a player who never quite lived up to his exciting potential, Reading could yet be getting a bargain.
Hoddle, who mysteriously allowed Seol just one league start from Christmas onwards last season at a time when Wolves' attacking endeavours were looking increasingly feeble, did not get the best out of the South Korean international. But there is a fear at Molineux that Royals boss Steve Coppell just might.
"Seol is a good player but he never made the impact on the pitch that we were hoping when we signed him," said Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey.
"And he has publicly and privately expressed his wish to leave Wolves to play in the Premier League.
"We had two offers from Premiership clubs and some interest from Germany as well, but it was Reading who offered a deal that both the player and Wolves found acceptable. We have agreed a fee but the deal will of course be subject to a medical."
More worryingly for Wolves fans, it leaves the managerless Black Country outfit desperately short on numbers with less than a month to go before the start of the season.
Seol will be the tenth player to leave Wolves this summer. Kenny Miller (Celtic), Joleon Lescott (Everton), Colin Cameron (Coventry City), Jeremie Aliadiere (returned to Arsenal) have moved on while Stefan Postma, Maurice Ross, Vio Ganea and Darren Anderton were released at season's end and George Ndah has retired.
With Paul Ince and Mark Kennedy yet to agree new deals, Gabor Gyepes expected to be out for the season, and Carl Cort and Jackie McNamara targets for other clubs, Wolves may soon have just 13 fit players with first team experience. And, whoever comes in to replace Hoddle - the latest candidates being Hibernian's managerial duo Tony Mowbray and Wolves old boy Mark Venus - has a huge task on their hands.