Olarenwaju Kayode has revealed in an interview that Newcastle United made an approach for him in the summer transfer window.
The 24 year old Nigerian international striker eventually signed for Manchester City on a four year deal.
Olarenwaju Kayode was playing for Austria Vienna last season and ended up top scorer in the Austrian top tier.
The striker was instantly loaned out to La Liga side Girona for the 2017/18 season.
Girona is one of the ever expanding clubs that the Manchester City owners are involved with.
They own just under half of the Spanish club now, with Pep Guardiola’s brother also owning just under half the shares in Girona.
Kayode has been involved in all five of their La Liga matches this season, though has only started one, coming off the bench in the other four.
Tonight sees Girona up against Barcelona and the striker will be hoping to get his chance.
Whether he ever gets a chance at Manchester City is a longshot.
Olarenwaju Kayode speaking to Sport5:
”A lot of teams in Europe approached me after the last season – Alaves, Malaga, CSKA Moscow, Spartak Moscow and Newcastle.
”I did not know how to digest it and I had a hard time deciding, until the offer came from Manchester City.
“They came to see me in Austria and told me that they believed in me very much, so I went for medical tests in England, where I met Pep Guardiola, the coach.
“When I saw the papers that Manchester City approached me, I was really excited and did not believe it.
“He (Pep Guardiola) told me that I had a great talent and he was following me for a long period of time, and Pep stressed that I was a good player for him and I should join City”.