According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Newcastle were very interested in signing Lazio striker Ciro Immobile in the summer transfer window.
The Magpies were on the look-out for a new-front line striker, and amidst talk of a potential takeover too, the club were linked with a whole host of high-profile players.
Now, Romano has claimed that Italy international Immobile was someone who the Tyneside club were very keen on luring to St James’ Park, even going as far as contacting the forward and offering him a five-year contract.
In the end, Immobile stayed put in Serie A, with Romano adding that both the 30-year-old and Lazio turned down Newcastle’s interest, and decided to extend his contract.
With 127 goals in 182 games for Lazio, Immobile has proven himself to be one of the most prolific strikers in all of European football over these past few seasons.
Enticing the Italian to come join Newcastle would have undoubtedly been one of the biggest coups of the transfer window for any side, and it would have laid down a marker about the Magpies’ ambition.
Valued at £40.5m by Transfermarkt, Immobile would have been the kind of game-changer signing that could have helped fire Newcastle right up the table.
In the end, they brought in Callum Wilson from Bournemouth, and whilst the England international has started life on Tyneside very well with four goals in five Premier League games, he just isn’t the kind of Champions League calibre striker that Immobile is.
If there is one transfer target that Bruce would have been fuming about missing out on, then Immobile is surely at the top of the list.