According to a report in the Telegraph, Newcastle United were tracking Benik Afobe for 18 months - and had planned to sign him during this transfer window.
Newcastle had seen enough to suggest that Afobe would have been a good addition, but they were caught napping by Bournemouth.
The Magpies didn’t realise that they had rival interest in the former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker, and were relaxed in their approach to taking him from Molineux.
They were made to pay for this approach, as Bournemouth swooped to sign the 22-year-old at the weekend.
The Cherries paid a reported £12 million to sign Afobe from Wolves, and Newcastle were left powerless, as the deal went through rapidly.
The Magpies are now set to look at other transfer targets up front, as Steve McClaren aims to strengthen his front line at St. James’ Park.
Afobe scored 22 times in 46 Championship appearances, during his stay at Wolves - which lasted just over a year.