It is now claimed that Vincent Janssen almost signed for Newcastle United in the final hours of the transfer window.
Almost two weeks since the summer window closed and this is just the latest player put forward as a deal that just didn’t quite get over the line.
The Spurs forward is claimed to have turned down a loan move to Newcastle, after being supposedly offered the opportunity on deadline day.
The story has appeared in various places but appears to have started in The Sun, which straight away has the alarm bells ringing.
It was obvious Rafa Benitez would have loved to have brought in a quality proven striker before the window closed but this looks like adding two and two together and putting forward a Premier League forward who had no future at his club.
Vincent Janssen scored 27 goals in 32 league starts for AZ Alkmaar in 2015/16 to get his move but was a major flop at Spurs, scoring only two goals in a meagre seven PL starts (plus 20 as sub).
Not exactly the kind of profile that would have convinced Rafa Benitez to allow say Dwight Gayle to be sold and take a chance on Janssen.
In the event Vincent Janssen didn’t go anywhere before the transfer deadline but has still moved to a new club.
The window in Turkey shutting later and a week into September he ended up at Fenerbahce on loan for a year.
The Turkish club have no Champions League football to offer and had already been knocked out of the Europa League in a qualifier before Janssen signed for them, so difficult to see him having turned down Newcastle for them.