Zidane and Ramsey: 10 of the biggest names that almost joined Newcastle United

Missing out on players is just part and parcel of football - but some of these are a definite 'what if' moment for Newcastle United.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 29th November 2018, 3:49 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th November 2018, 4:00 pm
Newcastle United fans at Watford
Newcastle United fans at Watford

From Zinedine Zidane to Aaron Ramsey, the Magpies really have missed out of some world class additions - but which other big names have United missed out on? Scroll down and click through the pages to see - and let us know your thoughts.

Modric travelled up to Tyneside for talks, however, Tony Jimenez, in-charge of player recruitment in 2007, called the deal off as he didn't think Modric wasbig enough or strong enough to play in the Premier League.
As revealed by ex-Newcastle left-back Robbie Elliott himself, Ramsey trained with the Magpies at the age of 16 under Glenn Roeder. The Welshman was available but the club refused to payCardiff Citys 500,000 asking price.
Another shocker from the Tony Jimenez era. Had Newcastle offered the low fee Liverpool wanted instead of dawdling around a mere 1million, Hyypia would have signed for the club in 2008.
A Telegraph report went as far to say Newcastle had agreed terms with the World Cup winner in 2002. He expressed a keen interest in reunitingwith Sir Bobby Robson butthe reported 10million asking fee was "outside the club's budget".
According to the Daily Telegraph in 2005, Newcastle held talks with Figo. The Portuguese legend reportedly demanded 90,000-a-week but whether that is the reason why the deal collapsed remains untold.
Football agent Barry Sikman revealed he offered Zidane to Newcastle in 1996 for 1.2million but he wasn't good enough, apparently. Two years on, he became a World Cup winner before Real Madrid paid a world record fee of 48m.
A 3m deal and wages of 30,000-a-week were said to be on the table but Newcastle failed to complete the deal, and instead signed Xisco and Ignacio Gonzalez.
Newcastle witnessed bids of 20million and 23.5m turned down for Rooney. It is believed England's future record goal scorer was keen on a move to St James's Park beforeManchester United's interestsoon changed that.
United were said to be long-term admirers of Alderweireld and followed up their interest with an accepted loan bid in 2014. However, so did Southampton, who he opted to join.
United had even gone as far as to arrangea press release for the player, having agreed a fee with MK Dons in 2015. A late ditch offer from Tottenham Hotspur - Newcastle refused to match it and Alli moved to North London.