Lukas Lerager took a massive pay-cut to join Copenhagen from Genoa on transfer deadline day with Newcastle United missing out on the Denmark international, as reported by Ekstra Bladet.
While the Magpies did add a genuine goal-scoring midfielder to their rather one-dimensional engine room, landing Joe Willock on loan from Arsenal, Steve Bruce failed to get the energetic, ankle-biting all-rounder he was hoping for.
Hamza Choudhury ended up staying at Leicester City after Brendan Rodgers’ side failed to land a replacement.
England international Ainsley Maitland-Niles, meanwhile, decided that a move to relegation-threatened West Brom would give him the guaranteed game-time he needs after four months on the bench at Arsenal.
According to BT, Newcastle had also shown an interest in Lagerer, Genoa’s £5 million-rated enforcer.
But, after five years away, the 27-year-old jumped at the chance to return to his native Denmark with arguably the biggest club in the whole of Scandinavia.
“I am incredibly happy that we have succeeded in getting this agreement in place,” said Lagerer, who joined on loan with an option-to-buy at the end of the season.
“When I heard that FC Copenhagen was an opportunity for me, I could feel that it was a challenge. I had a lot of motivation.”
Lagerer was so determined to join the 13-time Super Liga champions that he was willing to take a substantial pay-cut.
The midfielder is now taking home £15,000-a-week; far less than the wage he was earning Genoa but a fee that still makes him one of the best-paid players in Denmark.