The 13 near misses for Newcastle United in the transfer market –including a helicopter dash, failed medical & a forward on strike

A helicopter dash, players on strike, club record bids rejected and a failed medical or two – it’s fair to say Newcastle United have had their share of near misses in the transfer market.

Monday, 16th September 2019, 5:45 pm
Updated Monday, 16th September 2019, 5:45 pm
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Jack Rodwell of Blackburn Rovers arrives prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Blackburn Rovers at Griffin Park on February 02, 2019 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Here we take a look at 13 – unlucky for some – players who can be deemed ‘dodged bullets’ for United, some you may remember, and no doubt a few you won’t.

Newcastle United battled it out with Tottenham Hotspur to land the then West Brom frontman but even a club record bid could not seal the deal. A one they could not 'get over the line'. The epitome of a bullet dodged.
The Malian centre forward was reportedly very close to signing for United, only for the deal to fall through when he failed a medical. Had gone on strike to force through the move back in 2011. Went on to flop for West Ham in the Premier League. Now playing for Burinam United in Thailand.

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Having just played against Newcastle in the League Cup for Manchester City, Rodwell was linked with a move to Tyneside in January 2014. And we all know how this one played out, just ask any Sunderland fan.
Alan Pardew wanted to sign the player for United, while he was on the fringes at Manchester City. It didn't come to fruition and United can thank their lucky stars as after a brief, unsuccessful stint at Fiorentina, Richards landed at Aston Villa and went on to get paid a lot for playing very little. Hung up his boots at 31 this summer.
Mike Ashley was prepared to lay on a helicopter to take the Costa Rica striker to the North-East on summer deadline day in 2011 - he chose Fulham, where he'd already agreed to sign when United upped their interest too late in the day. After all that drama, the frontman was a flop at Craven Cottage.
Newcastle came within a whisker of signing the player under Rafa Benitez in January 2018 but he chose West Brom instead. That Baggies loan returned six appearances and no goals. Released by Liverpool in the summer the 30-year-old is at Trabzonspor.
The Brazilian international was part of a transfer tug of war between Newcastle United and Manchester United. He ended up going to Old Trafford and just could not get up to speed with the Premier League. Won a World Cup in his career, so didn't turn out too bad!
Alan Shearer wanted him in the summer of 2009. Chris Hughton in the winter of 2010. He was the talk of English football after a goal at Old Trafford for Leeds United. It never happened, and his career nosedived.
"They turned down offers from Newcastle" - Morrison himself, in 2015, revealing United had bids knocked back for the midfielder. His career after Manchester United has been a car crash. West Ham, Birmingham, QPR, Cardiff, Lazio, Atlas (Mexico), Ostersunds and now Sheffield United. He's 26.
Since being linked with United in January 2018 the Denmark international has scored just five goals. Hardly lethal.
A one-in-two man for Malaga after a move from Barcelona, Sandro was wanted by Rafa Benitez after promotion. In fact, it's fair to say he was right at the top of the Spaniard's shortlist. But the player went to Everton, and has not scored a league goal since he was linked with United, including spells at Sevilla, Real Sociedad and Valladolid.
When Yohan Cabaye left United, they looked to replace him with Lyon's Clement Grenier. The player turned down the move, according to his agent Frederic Guerra. Once known as the next great French hope, Grenier left Lyon for Roma and flopped. Has since turned up back in Ligue 1 with Guingamp and Rennes.
The Turkish striker was endlessly linked with a move to St James's Park by the press in his homeland. It never happened and Everton paid big money for the player instead. I bet they wish they hadn't. No impact at all in the Premier League.