Thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, cashed-up clubs in the Middle East and China may have to wait until the end of 2020 before making a move for Australian striker Adam Taggart.
Interest in the South Korean-based forward around Asia is greater than ever though suitors will have to bide their time.
Before the global pandemic brought football around the world to a halt, the Suwon Bluewings star was one of the hottest properties in Asia and it was expected that the Socceroos goal-getter would make a big money move in the northern summer.
Chinese Super League clubs were ready to move for Taggart, who moved to South Korea from Brisbane Roar at the start of 2019 and ended the year as K-League top scorer with 20 goals.
Yet with the Chinese season delayed for five months, teams have been forced to wait.
As well as China, Taggart is a target for a number of teams in the Middle East and Japan and Suwon are resigned to losing their star.
The 27-year-old started slowly this season but has scored three in the last four games and is starting to work well with newfound partner Kim Gun-hee.
“They have four goals together in two games and the combination of Taggart and Kim Gun-hee is working in synergy,” said popular newspaper Sports Seoul on Tuesday as the South Korean media hailed the “rebirth” of the Socceroos striker.
Suwon coach Lee Lim-saeng is still under pressure with Suwon collecting just ten points from 11 games so far but is happy with the encouraging performances of the new strike partnership.
“Kim Gun-hee and Taggart have been scoring and have combined well,” said coach Lee, noting that Kim has been growing in confidence playing alongside the Socceroo.
“There is still a long way to go this season but there are encouraging signs.
“Taggart is always focused when the ball comes into the box and that is a strong point of the player.
"I hope that goals keep coming and he looks sharp.”
Earlier in the season, fans and pundits complained that Taggart was struggling to combine with new Bosnian striker Sulejman Krpic, with the pair seen as too similar and prone to occupying the same attacking positions.
With Kim Gun-hee, who recently completed his military service and made his first start of the season against Daegu on June 21, a little more mobile than Krpic, Taggart has found more space and Suwon are starting to reap the rewards.
Suwon start their defence of the FA Cup on Wednesday against Jeju United and return to league action at home to Seongnam on Sunday.