The Carlos Tevez saga has been easily the most drawn out of the whole transfer window and it is now 2/1 that he leaves Manchester City in January in either a permanent or loan deal.
It seemed almost a certainty that Tevez would move on from Eastlands after falling out with Roberto Mancini in the Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich in September and there have been a host of clubs linked with his signature since.
But one by one the clubs have fallen by the wayside.
AC Milan was reportedly his preferred destination but were unable to stump up the £25m that Manchester City were demanding.
Rivals Inter then dropped out of the race, while French moneybags Paris Saint-Germain appeared to lose patience at consistently being the back-up option for Tevez when all other moves failed.
Russian big spenders Anzhi are the latest overseas club to declare an interest and a partnership of Tevez and Samuel Eto’o in attack would certainly rival any other in Europe.
However, it now seems most likely that Tevez will remain in England and two or three clubs are sniffing around a loan deal, which Mancini may reluctantly be forced into accepting to get his wages of the club’s books.
With Andy Carroll still misfiring and Luis Suarez banned, Liverpool could do with another striker and Tevez would be a massive coup in helping their quest of finishing in the top four.
But it is QPR that have emerged as surprise front runners given their need for a striker, which would allow Tevez to hook up again with former manager Mark Hughes.
In terms of being appreciated by the fans, Tevez could do far worse than returning to West Ham, but whether the drop down to the Championship would suit the Argentine and the club can afford his salary remains to be seen.