It was known that Steve Bruce wanted an additional midfielder and a center-back to join his Newcastle squad this summer.
Ultimately, the club ended the summer with only Joe Willock joining – as the ex-loanee had signed a permanent deal for a fee of around £ 25m – and Bruce had to do without another midfielder or center-back.
One of those players who was joined as an option for the role in the back was former Chelsea, Bolton and Crystal Palace defender Gary Cahill. The former England international’s contract with Palace expired this summer and he has said on record that he turned down a chance to stay in the Premier League before joining Scott Parker’s Bournemouth in the championship.
“I could have stayed in the Premier League – Palace offered me another year,” said Cahill.
“They had to lower the age of the squad, that didn’t work, but it was fantastic there. It’s a great football club and I’ve enjoyed my two years, but I’ve also had other opportunities to stay in the league. “
In addition, Cahill suggested that at this point in his career he did not want to be involved in a potential relegation battle and subsequently chose the option of playing for a club that could be fighting for promotion to a lower division.
“I’m not disrespectful, but with the teams I would have joined, I might have lost more games than I won,” he added.
“From my point of view, will I expand my appearances or will I have a different challenge and come to a club that changes again and ultimately demands promotion?”
It’s unclear if the Magpies were one of those clubs that made offers to Cahill, but regardless of his experience, Bruce certainly wouldn’t want to add players to his roster who aren’t ready for a fight, especially given the tough start to the season.