As per The Telegraph, The Magpies have backed out of talks regarding a move for the Englishman owing to his hefty wage demands, with the club not willing to upset their current wage structure by striking a deal.
The report suggests that the 29-year-old – who is out of contract this summer – has asked for £150k-per-week plus a signing on fee, with that figure believed to be too steep despite the notable wealth of the club’s new owners.
It may have been a dismal campaign for the £18m-rated man this season, having made just two Premier League starts thus far, although he has proven in the past that he has the quality to produce the goods on a regular basis, should he be given the faith of his manager.
That was the case during his six-month loan stint at West Ham United last season, with the “unique” talent – as he has been described by former teammate-turned-coach Michael Carrick – providing 14 goal contributions in just 16 league games for the Hammers.
A goalscorer in three Wembley finals, and a member of Gareth Southgate’s 2018 World Cup squad, the Warrington-born gem has more than showcased his talent in recent seasons, with it fair to say he hasn’t been handed a fair crack of the whip at his current side this term.
Despite making an impact off the bench in the early weeks of the campaign, both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick have routinely overlooked his talent, with his career at his boyhood club now petering out to a sad end.
It looks as if PIF are continuing to continue that trend of overlooking his quality, with their decision to snub a deal potentially being their first disaster since arriving on Tyneside.