The final day of the mid-season transfer window looked like it was heading the same way until a phone call came in from China.
A cup of the finest Tynecastle tea was duly spluttered by whoever took that call as Chinese Super League club, Henan Jianye, had tabled an offer of £1.5million for striker Osman Sow.
Beverage was all over the stadium corridor not because the Swede was not worth it, but given he had only six months left on his contract, Hearts were resigned to losing him for nothing.
Sow had been stalling on signing a new deal and, when a player starts doing that, you know that he's hankering for pastures new.
When they enter Bosman rule territory, then the club that will acquire a player's services will not have to shell out a penny.
Which meant yesterday's big money offer from the Orient saw a gigantic 'kerching' flash above Tynecastle.
Either £1.5million is small change in the Chinese Super League or Henan Jianye were especially keen to sign Sow up before anyone else got their oar in.
Having land Sow as a free agent for the square sum of zilch back in the summer of 2014, Hearts are set to cash in.
They would have been daft not to accept the offer and in fairness to owner Ann Budge and director of football Craig Levein, this affair adheres to the plan of buy cheaply, sell big and invest wisely.
For the first time since the sale of John Robertson in 1988 was ploughed back into buying new players (Eamonn Bannon, Iain Ferguson and Tosh McKinlay), Hearts are in the position of not using a big fee received for a player on servicing debt.
Sow will be missed but as the Chinese season doesn't start for another month, Hearts could still call on his services.
Even though clubs in the United States allow their foreign players to play their close season in Europe, I would be very surprised if Henan Jianye allowed this.
Given they've shelled out a considerable amount of money for Sow, you would think their coach would want him rested for the started of their season and also not run the risk of injury.
Hearts acted swiftly to replace Sow with the on-loan signing of Nigerian striker Abiola Dauda from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.
The 27-year-old has a decent scoring record - especially during his spells with Swedish side Kalmar FF and Serb giants Red Star Belgrade.
Video footage of his time in Sweden shows that if given an ample supply of service (and seeing how Hearts are the second highest scorers in the league this season, this won't be an issue) he has a knack for finding the net.
Fans will be hoping that particular catch-22 crops up because it will show that Levein's scouting system has done well - yet again.
The Sow offer allowed Hearts to also sign John Souttar from Dundee United on a three and a half year deal for £150,000.
Souttar can fill in at midfield and defence and is widely regarded as one for the future - no doubt with the intention of being sold, like Sow, for another whopping great profit.
Veteran midfielder Don Cowie also arrived as a free transfer and will no doubt be used as cover should injuries befall the likes of Arnaud Djoum, Prince Bauben and Miguel Pallardo.
Danny Swanson's short spell came to an end with the midfielder being packed off to St Johnstone.
On occasion, some signings don't come off but, as seen with Kenny Anderson a while back, Hearts have a new policy of 'if it is not happening, then move on'.
Whereas in the past, the club may have tried to get the proverbial 'blood out of a stone' in a vain effort to try and justify the signing.
Billy King was sent on loan to second tier side Rangers.
With Sam Nicholson and Jamie Walker ahead of him the pecking order for the attacking midfield slots (and with Canadian youngster Dario Zanetta being fast-tracked into the team), game-time for King was looking limited.
Yes he'll have to drop down a division to get more first-team minutes, but it's a chance to show those at Tynecastle that he intends to return to Gorgie this summer with a point to prove.
Given that Hearts will be covering King's wage instead of the financially-troubled Ibrox club, the switch shows that they are not giving up on the youngster and hope he will come back the better for his run of first-team games.
One move that did raise an eyebrow was Mongaro Gomis being sent on loan to Motherwell.
Last season's player of the season was instrumental in helping Hearts win promotion back into the top flight at a canter.
However, due to personal issues off the pitch, Gomis' zest appeared to have deserted him with others in midfield playing so well, it would be impossible to drop them.
With Motherwell, Gomis will get first team football and hopefully rediscover his mojo which seems to have pulled over on the hard shoulder that was last season.
If he does that then the coaching staff at Hearts will get a revitalised player - that however, is up to Gomis.
With the window shut and business done to the club's satisfaction, it is hoped that Hearts can secure European football for next season by means of league position and/or a Scottish Cup win.
Changed days from May 2013 when the club was deserted by the destructive Romanov family with only seven grand in their bank account and only weeks to live.
Changed days indeed.