According to respected journalist Fabrizio Romano, Newcastle offered prolific Lazio striker Ciro Immobile a five-year contract worth €5.5 million (£5 million) per season at the start of the summer.
Romano adds that Lazio and the Italy international himself decided to turn down the bid, before Immobile extended his contract with the Serie A side.
If we had managed to pull this deal off, it may have been talked about as the signing of the summer given the former Borussia Dortmund forward’s pedigree and phenomenal goalscoring abilities.
The 30-year-old already has two goals in four games this season, but last term, he was on fire.
Immobile netted an astonishing 39 goals in just 44 games last season, and also grabbed eight assists to cement himself as one of Europe’s greatest marksmen.
If we’d managed to sign him, then it arguably would’ve been our biggest transfer coup in many, many years.
Romano also mentions that Immobile said Newcastle spoke to his agent about a potential deal, which suggests we were serious about landing the Torre Annunziata-born centre-forward.
It’s a shame that he didn’t sign. Callum Wilson has admittedly been a great capture so far with four goals in five Premier League games.
However, the aura and excitement that a player like Immobile would have brought to St James’ Park is hard to quantify – let’s just hope we have more transfer targets of his ilk lined up.