A few days after the January transfer window closed in 2018, Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen confirmed that Newcastle United made a “big offer” to sign him.
The move didn’t materialise, however it was made clear by both the player and several reputable sources that we were pushing to sign the striker valued a £22m by the Eredivisie side.
The season before we were linked, he bagged a stunning 25 goals and 17 assists in Holland, however it’s gone alarmingly downhill for him since then – making it seems like a real bullet dodged in the end.
In the past two and a half years he’s scored just 13 goals, managing seven league strikes in 2018/19, just five last season and only scoring once so far in 2020/21.
He turns 30 in January and is currently valued at just £2.5m by Transfermarkt, showing just how much his stock has fallen since he came so close to making a £22m move to St James’ Park.
To emphasise that point, Feyenoord’s latest offer for the 6ft 2′ Dane was a €3m bid from Besiktas!
Our alternative in January 2018 was a deadline day loan deal for Islam Slimani. Our cut-price alternative was hardly much better, but Mike Ashley may be thanking his lucky stars that we spent just £2m on the Algerian flop – not £22m on Jorgensen.