Imagine, if you will, the 'real-life' equivalent of the footballer's 'come and get me' plea to the media.....
You're doing very well in your current job, but you can't help but think that you'd be doing even better working for this other organisation, in a more lucrative and high-profile role. This other organisation isn't actually advertising any vacancies at the moment, but you've heard that they might be looking and dammit, you just know that you're made for them.
So you get in touch with a recruitment consultant and ask them to make some enquiries. Fine. Time to sit back and wait for the job offer. But then the recruitment consultant takes the more unusual step of emailing everyone in your current workplace, as well as everyone in the other organisation, with the news that you want to leave for a new job.
Naturally, all concerned now think that you're a bit of a dick.
And thus has Dimitar Berbatov shot his bolt. The word is that Manchester United had a good long look at him last summer, but opted instead for the lycanthropic charms of Carlos Tevez. Berba's agent is making enough noise to suggest that a move could still happen, but with Spurs holding firm and slapping a £30 million bounty on the Bulgarian's head, one can't escape the feeling that the heat from this, the most talked-of produce of the January transfer rumour-mill, is rapidly ebbing away in the winter chill.
Poor old Berba. All his top-four ambitions are wrapped up with United. Liverpool's owners are in no mood to splash more cash on hot-shot strikers, Chelsea are consumed with the pursuit of hand-shadow expert Nicolas Anelka and Arsenal just don't bother with the January sales.
Dimitar might then be best advised to concentrate on restoring the futures of his present team. However, if Chelsea do snare Anelka, then might another cash-rich club in Manchester be prepared to spend big on a nimble-footed front-man? Berbatov for City? Could happen.