Newcastle missed out on the chance to sign Dele Alli of Tottenham.
Alli completed his switch to Spurs in the summer, having signed his deal in January, and a report in the Chronicle claims that Newcastle failed to push through a deal to sign him prior to his switch to Spurs - something which the Magpies now regret.
The club have failed to replace the void left by Yohan Cabaye from when he moved to PSG, and Alli was shortlisted as a player capable of claiming a first-team spot in the Magpies’ midfield.
The Mail claimed back in January that Newcastle had agreed a deal to sign the youngster, 19, but they were too slow to confirm the move, and instead Spurs swooped in and signed Alli on a permanent basis.
This deal has so far been rewarded, with Alli making eight appearances for the Lilywhites this season, showing a talent and maturity beyond his years, and potentially earning a call-up to the senior England side later this month.
Despite his youth, Alli has shown himself to be a player of Premier League quality, and Newcastle would truly benefit from him playing in their side, especially whilst Steve McClaren’s men sit in the relegation places without a win to their name.
Newcastle’s transfer business has not been the most inspiring in recent years, and missing out on Alli because they failed to speed up their talks with the youngster is another nail in the coffin of a club with big ambitions.
If a deal had been agreed for Alli, Newcastle would have possession of one of the most exciting English talents in the game. Instead, they have to watch on as he flourishes at a Premier League rival due to their poor work in the transfer market - a failure they are starting to regret.