Newcastle have had some transfer disasters over the years but in not signing Cengiz Under they might have got one right.

The Turkish forward was linked with a move to Newcastle before his switch to Leicester City during the summer window.

According to TEAMtalk, the Magpies wanted to land the 23-year-old and bid £25 million for the Roma man.

AS Roma v Hellas Verona - Serie A
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The move didn’t come to fruition though and instead he joined the Foxes on loan for the 2020/21 campaign.

Now, some news has come to light that suggests Newcastle were right to pull out of the race to sign him.

The Leicester Mercury claims that Brendan Rodgers won’t be activating the £20 million permanent fee which is part of the loan agreement.

As a result, the £94,000-a-week Under will head back to Italy when the current campaign ends.


On the face of things, the man with 25 caps for his country was always going to prove a massive risk.

In 88 appearances for Roma he has found the net 17 times and registered 12 assists.

He’s struggled to pin down a place in the team at the King Power Stadium, starting just once in the Premier League.

Under does have the versatility to operate as a No.10 or on the right-wing but Rodgers just hasn’t trusted him enough to perform.

Newcastle aren’t the sort of club to go out and sign eight or nine players every summer. Typically, a more meticulous transfer strategy is in place at St James’ Park.

Cengiz Under of  As Roma  during the Serie A match between
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Some supporters would certainly question the signing of several players in recent times – Jeff Hendrick being the prime example from last summer.

In not landing Under, however, Newcastle look to have enjoyed a lucky escape and can breathe a huge sigh of relief.

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