Former Arsenal striker legend Thierry Henry was targeted for a shock Barclays Premier League return by Newcastle.
The New York Red Bulls veteran was thought to be available for loan in the MLS off-season, and trained with Arsenal in January to keep in shape whilst out of the game.
Speculation rose that Arsene Wenger would attempt to bring the player back to Arsenal on the short-term, with a potential coaching role with the Gunners also mooted.
However, when Newcastle sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool on deadline day, the Toon immediately targeted Henry as a potential replacement for the £35 million striker.
“We had a real attempt to get Henry but the start of the MLS season worked against us," a source close to the Magpies told the Daily Express.
“Carroll’s eleventh-hour departure prevented us getting a regular signing to replace him. But we would like to find a quality replacement, given that we have to look at players outside regular club contracts.”
Former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere has also emerged as a target for Alan Pardew in recent days, with the St James' Park chief revealing he is now looking into free agent additions in an effort to strengthen his squad.
The club's strikeforce showed their potential despite a lack of numbers yesterday though, ironically drawing 4-4 against Arsenal thanks to a magnificent comeback.
Signing a former world footballer of the year and Arsenal legend would have been a major coup for the Toon had they pulled it off, and the Express goes on to claim that Newcastle would have been prepared to pay the player's six-figure weekly wages.
It wasn't to be however, and the Gunners' hero will return to America for pre-season in Mexico before the campaign kicks-off again in March.
Whether the player returns to England again in the future is up for debate, although the player is regularly spotted at the Emirates and could return to Arsenal in some capacity in the future.
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