Valencia central defender Mouctar Diakhaby turned down a move to Newcastle United last month.
The Frenchman was touted as a possible signing for the Magpies.
Apparently he saw the last window as his opportunity to leave and start a new chapter.
According to Marca though, Diakhaby was simply not interested in a move to St. James’ Park.
The publication say there was an English club ‘from the lower-middle part’ that wanted to have him in their ranks and that bid for him (on loan).
It is explained that the 24-year-old and his representatives had hoped for better than a team in that region of the Premier League table.
Marca brand Diakhaby’s call to stay put a ‘surprising decision’.
Despite remaining with the Spanish side, Diakhaby apparently knows his time with the club is over.
Barring a shock renaissance for him, that would strongly suggest he will be leaving in the next transfer window.
It remains to be seen if Newcastle will make a go of signing him then.
Who can blame him?
That Diakhaby didn’t make a move to Newcastle this summer is no real surprise.
The situation at St. James’ Park is rather hopeless right now.
The club have made a really poor start to the new season, and only brought in Joe Willock in the transfer window.
It looks set to be a season of struggle, which makes attracting players much more difficult.