Newcastle United were interested in signing Rhian Brewster last summer, reports Chronicle Live.
Brewster became Sheffield United’s record signing in October when they paid Liverpool £20m plus £3m in add-ons.
There was plenty of interest in the striker when it became apparent he could leave Anfield.
Brewster scored 11 goals in 22 appearances on loan at Swansea City last season and Newcastle asked to be kept informed about his availability.
Instead, they opted to sign Callum Wilson from Bournemouth in a £20m deal (BBC Sport). Yet interest remained in Brewster until it became known the youngster was not leaving on loan.
Seven clubs apparently made enquiries about the England Under-21 international, but only the Blades were prepared to sign him on a permanent basis.
Since then Brewster has struggled for form and is yet to score for his new side in 13 appearances.
Newcastle avoided Brewster for instant impact
The transfer fees for both Brewster and Wilson were similar, but the expense truly lies in their respective wages.
The top paid players at Bramall Lane earn around £30,000-a-week. Meanwhile, Wilson is getting £100,000-a-week.
It’s a similar story with Ollie Watkins, who was another forward target on Chris Wilder’s list. Watkins is earning £75,000-a-week since joining Aston Villa.
While Brewster has failed to hit the back of the net, Wilson has eight goals in England’s top flight in 2020/21. Watkins also has eight strikes in all competitions this term.
Brewster could end up being a truly fine player for the Blades. But in the here and now, the Magpies opting for Wilson ahead of him could be the difference between them staying up and Wilder’s side getting relegated.