The new Chelsea signing was reportedly offered to the Tyne-Wear rivals.
The 33-year-old defender has signed from Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion on a two-year deal.
Southampton were offered the chance to take the 24-year-old off Tottenham Hotspur's hands.
Jordan Botaka loves the Leeds United fans already.
The former West Brom striker has joined Olympiakos.
Are Nottingham Forest due to announce a late striker signing?
The former Liverpool star has also questioned why the side aren't playing to Christian Benteke's strengths.
Tottenham Hotspur tried to offload Emmanuel Adebayor, reports claim.
New West Ham signing Michail Antonio has wished Nottingham Forest luck for the season ahead.
The midfielder believes Spurs were good enough for all three points in Saturday's 0-0 draw.