Having travelled to London this week, the Mali international met United officials and underwent a medical, the results of which have proved unsatisfactory and the striker will not be heading to Tyneside in the new year, probably.

Maiga’s agent Karim Aklil said, “Modibo is in perfect physical condition and this was confirmed by specialists. I am surprised by what has happened since his medical and the diagnosis established by doctors authorised by the club. I am convinced that the future will give us a reason and that Modibo will prove his effectiveness. He remains one of the best strikers in France”.

When  transfers carry on so long I always have a worry in the back of my head that it might not happen, the history of Newcastle United tells us so.

You wouldn’t be surprised though if a back-up plan of ‘try before you buy’ is put forward, which could be more than likely as the player seems desperate to come here having already previously gone on strike to try and force the move.

If nothing could be sorted then I don’t think it can be acceptable to blame the failed medical as an excuse if the club don’t bring in any striker at all in January. After all, come the end of this transfer window Carroll will have been a year!