Newcastle's manager Rafael Benitez
Newcastle United may have lifted the Championship title at the end of last season but that was more down to Brighton throwing away top spot than their own excellent form.
In fact, with the club’s defence wobbling frequently, losing silly goals and points, manager Rafael Benitez looked likely to be forced to accept second place until the final day of the campaign.
Therefore, it was no surprise that The Independent claimed Benitez wanted a defender with Premier League experience ahead of their return to the big time. Captain Jamaal Lascelles is still yet to iron out the kinks in his game and Ciaran Clark, impressive though he has been since moving to St James’ Park, was relegated in humiliating circumstances with Aston Villa just a year ago.
Consequently, the fact that Newcastle appear to have missed out on Harry Maguire may not go down too well on Tyneside. The Chronicle claimed last month that The Magpies had been offered the chance to sign the 24-year-old after The Tigers were relegated from the top flight.
The one that got away?
Though the former Sheffield United wonderkid has featured just 32 times in the Premier League, his excellent performances last season in a struggling side suggested that he has the potential to play at the top level for years to come.
Hull City's Harry Maguire
A powerful, aggressive defender with excellent ability on the ball to boot, it’s little wonder Maguire had piqued the interest of a number of Premier League clubs.
Though Sky Sports claim that Newcastle may have missed their chance. Leicester City are now understood to be in advanced negotiations in a deal that could reach £17 million - despite the fact he has just a year remaining on his contract
Maguire is everything Benitez was reportedly looking for. But now it appears he’s slipped through their grasp.