Chris Kirkland has claimed that West Brom stood no chance of signing Newcastle duo Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser this summer.
The Magpies signed the attacking pairing from Bournemouth after their relegation from the Premier League last season.
Sky Sports pundit, Kirkland claimed that there would only have been one winner in negotiations should the Baggies have tried to hijack either move.
Kirkland admitted that the draw of playing at a packed house at St. James’ Park would have been too good to turn down.
“Well nobody knows but if you’re asking me if they both agreed the same fee, would they have gone to West Brom or Newcastle? They’d have gone to Newcastle,” he told Transfer Tavern.
“No disrespect but when Newcastle is a full house again and you know 52,000 fans then yeah, there’s always going to be one winner there and that’s Newcastle.”
Fell at the first hurdle
90min did report that the Baggies held talks with Fraser while he was a free agent, but that his £100,000-a-week wage demand were a stumbling block.
As well as Fraser, the Mirror reported that West Brom were ready to join the race for Wilson, who was rated at £20million, although that never materialised.
The Baggies never appeared to get close to either, with Newcastle always leading the way for both of them, who have a great partnership.
Wilson has hit the ground running for the Magpies, but Albion could have dodged a bullet by missing out on Fraser, who hasn’t thrived.
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