The Vancouver Whitecaps’ transfer dealings have been creating more than a little jealousy in Toronto in recent weeks.

After they completed the impressive double deadline-day move to sign Canadian international Richie Laryea and Sam Adekugbe, the Whitecaps added their CanMNT teammate Junior Hoilett on a short-term free-agent deal earlier this month.

At that time, one sentiment expressed on TFCLive Twitter and in our comments section was “why couldn’t that be us?” Laryea, obviously, is a Reds favourite that every TFC fan would have liked to see stay with the club if possible after his loan spell from Nottingham Forest expired.

But Hoilett, too, had been touted as a potential Toronto FC signing on more than one occasion in the past.

Speaking to ‘Caps media on Monday, the 33-year-old was asked if TFC had reached out to him regarding a potential move before or after his contract at Reading expired in June and he elected to leave the English club.

“Every season I’ve been linked to them, but no, no, I didn’t get nothing,” Hoilett said, per Har Johal.

He also revealed that a personal phone call from former TFC striker and current Whitecaps front-office staffer Tosaint Ricketts sealed the deal for him to move out west.

“When Tos called me with the opportunity, I was locked in to come here,” Hoilett added. “I’m just delighted to be here.”

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And why wouldn’t he be? The Whitecaps are the best Canadian team by a distance in 2023 and look primed for a decent shot at a deep playoff run after coming from behind to win at BMO Field on Saturday night.

Hoilett wasn’t involved in that game, but he’ll be hoping to have plenty of big moments in blue and white over the next few weeks.

Would you have liked to see TFC try to sign Hoilett or was it always a non-starter?