Sam Allardyce says Newcastle United attempted to sign current Everton duo Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka

Sam Allardyce was manager of Newcastle United back in 2007, when Everton completed deals for Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka.

Sam Allardyce has revealed to the Chronicle that he tried to sign Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines when he was manager of Newcastle United.

Allardyce identified Jagielka and Baines as players who could have enhanced the Magpies' defence back in 2007, but they were unable to land either.

Jagielka, at the time, was playing for Sheffield United, while Baines was with Wigan Athletic, and both ended up moving to Everton instead of St. James' Park.

“We tried for Leighton Baines at Wigan and Phil Jagielka at Sheffield United but I got Jose Enrique from Villareal and eventually Habib Beye from Marseille and Abdoulaye Faye from Bolton on transfer deadline day," he said. 

Baines and Jagielka have become two of Everton's most consistent performers since moving to Merseyside, and they would certainly have improved Newcastle's defence.

The Toffees duo have gone on to earn international recognition for their excellent form over the past few years, where they have been rock solid at Goodison Park.

Jagielka has now made 304 appearances for Everton, and has taken over the captaincy role at the club.

Baines, meanwhile, has developed a reputation as one of the Premier League finest left-backs, and he has played 318 times for Roberto Martinez's side so far. 

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