Newcastle United may have brought nine new faces in at St James’ Park over the summer, but that did not stop Toon fans feeling more than a little disgruntled come the close of the summer transfer window.
With the Magpies linked to several big name acquisitions over the course of the final 24 hours, ultimately Newcastle walked away with nothing, instead allowing Hatem Ben Arfa and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to depart for Hull City and AS Roma respectively.
Here’s a quick rundown of the five players linked with failed last-gasp moves to the north east.
Alexandre Lacazette – Olympique Lyonnais
With Loic Remy rejecting an improved offer to join the Magpies in favour of moving to Chelsea, Newcastle reportedly intensified their pursuit of the 23-year-old Lyon striker in the final few hours of the transfer window, with the powers that be thought to have given the nod to a £16m bid.
But Lyon rejected that and any other offer, insisting that the striker was simply not for a sale in a statement that may have been inviting an improved bid or just rejecting the notion that Lacazette would leave the club that late in the day. Either way, Newcastle missed out.
Virgil van Dijk – Celtic
Linked with a move away from Scotland for much of the summer, Newcastle were reportedly set to duke it out with Sunderland to acquire the Celtic defender, with a price of £8m quoted by some sources in the run-up to deadline day.
With the Bhoys exiting the Champions League at the qualification stage, the Magpies’ chances were further enhanced when Ronny Deila left the Dutchman out of his squad to face Dundee a day before the deadline. Ultimately though, despite whispers of speculation over the final 24 hours, he stayed put at Parkhead.
Jermain Defoe – Toronto FC
The former West Ham and Tottenham striker was linked with a whole host of Premier League sides on transfer deadline day, amid reports the 31-year-old is keen to leave Toronto following the sacking of friend and manager Ryan Nelsen from the helm of the MLS Franchise.
Newcastle were thought to hold a particular ace up their sleeve as well in manager Alan Pardew, who worked well alongside Defoe at Upton Park. However Toronto ultimately refused to budge on a key term of any deal that would have seen the England striker remain in the US until January.
Toby Alderweireld – Ajax (now Southampton)
Newcastle were thought to be in the market for a new defender during the last 24 hours of the window, after Yanga-Mbiwa left to Roma on loan and with Alderweireld thought to be keen on a move to England and away from Madrid, they emerged alongside Southampton as contenders to sign the Belgian.
In the end, however, it was the Saints who sealed a late move for the defender, with the deal most likely helped by the presence of Ronald Koeman – the former coach of Ajax, the club where Alderweireld started his career.
Matija Nastasic – Manchester City
Deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester City following the arrival of Eliaquim Mangala from Porto, Nastasic was nevertheless linked with a whole host of Premier League clubs that included Newcastle United.
Keen to bring in a defender amid concerns over the current options, Newcastle ultimately failed to engineer a bid for the Serbian, with any move potentially scuppered by the stopper’s no doubt exorbitant wages from his time at the Etihad. Alhough it remains to be seen as to whether a formal offer was made.