A week ago, it looked like reported Newcastle target Antonee Robinson was set to join Sheffield United after they were prepared to activate his £1.9m release clause at Wigan.
Since then, it emerged that both ourselves and Fulham had shown late interest and he was weighing up his options before committing to a potential move to Brammal Lane.
Who knows how much of an attempt we made to sign him, but it seems he’s now decided to join Fulham and NOT Steve Bruce at St James’ Park, with both The Mail’s Simon Jones (who credited us with genuine interest over the weekend) and The Sun’s Alan Nixon claiming Scott Parker has won the race after they offered to pay him around £50,000-per-week.
Probably a bit excessive for a talented yet unproven player at Premier League level, but they obviously think they can justify a hefty wage when the fee is just shy of £2m for a 23-year-old USA international who almost joined AC Milan for £10m in January!
On the flip side, you could say we shouldn’t be losing sleep over someone else signing a player who’d just dropped out of the Championship, yet it’s not a great sign to see newly promoted sides beating us to deals for reported targets.
With Rose and Willems seeming unlikely to return, let’s hope we buck our ideas up in our search for a much needed new left-back.
All eyes are on a striker – and rightly so – but, aside from Paul Dummett, we don’t even own a single player who’s a natural in that position!