Despite a reasonably fruitful transfer window so far, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed a tinge of regret that he lost out on Gervinho to Arsenal.
The Ivory Coast international secured a switch to the Emirates Stadium from Lille in July, despite genuine interest in his signature from Tyneside.
And, as luck would have it, the 24-year-old's first competitive appearance for Arsenal came against Newcastle on the opening day of the season, although it ended on a sour note.
Gervinho was red-carded for an apparent slap on Joey Barton as Arsenal battled for a goalless draw at St James' Park and, hence, was handed a three-game suspension.
Pardew though still wishes he had pipped Arsenal to the former Le Mans forward.
The Toon boss told the Sunday Sun: “Gervinho was a player that I was quite keen on bringing here.
“That was one that we had no control over – I think it [the deal with Arsenal] was probably done before we got there. But outside of that, not really disappointed to have missed anyone.
“There’s always one or two you would like to have been involved in but we’re very focused on where we are right now. Of course, negotiations are ongoing – that’s all I can really say at the moment.”
Newcastle have already signed Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan this summer, and are expected to bring in PSV defender Eric Pieters to replace Jose Enrique.