When Issa Diop was sold to West Ham for upwards of £20m, Toulouse needed someone to step in and take his place.
As they tend to do, instead of going out and buying someone, they delved in their youth team, plucked a promising centre-back and threw him in at the deep end.
That young defender was Jean-Clair Todibo, who is now allegedly attracting interest from both Wolverhampton and Liverpool.
This is what La Dépêche are reporting on Thursday, claiming both Wolves and the Reds are batting their eyelids at the young man, who has yet to sign a professional contract.
That last part is key as he’d be able to move on a free from January onwards, which Toulouse are desperate to avoid.
Reportedly offering him a contract ‘better than anything they’ve ever handed a youngster before’, Todibo has yet to sign it, ‘unsure of where to go in his career’.
Unhappy about this, Toulouse, rather drastically, have pushed the 18-year-old to one side, with their manager Alain Casanova labelling his behaviour as ‘treachery’.
It could very well be that Todibo and his entourage are waiting to see what clubs like Wolverhampton and Liverpool have to offer before putting pen to paper on a long-term deal with the Ligue 1 side, but that hasn’t gone down well in the south of France.