Newcastle United's director of football Joe Kinnear- the man responsible for the Magpies recruitment process received an unexpected boost when finally trying to sign a promising young player.

No, the player wasn't cheap or a golden find, he was already a Newcastle player- but Kinnear didn't realise.

Young midfielder Shane Ferguson impressed the 66-year-old who was on a glamorous scouting mission in the midlands during a League Cup tie against Swansea City last month.

According to the Daily Mirror, the director told Birmingham officials of his interest in signing the 22-year-old Northern Ireland international.

The St Andrew's outfit thought Kinnear was joking but it soon became apparent that he didn't know that Ferguson is on a season-long loan to the Championship club.

It's not as if the left-winger is a stranger at St James' Park as he has made over 30 appearances for the club and has represented his country on 13 occasions.

A Birmingham source revealed: “Ferguson had a particularly good game that night and Joe Kinnear told one of our officials he was interested in signing him.

“At first our guy thought he was joking but then he realised Kinnear did not know Ferguson was already a Newcastle player.”

This isn't the first time that the Geordie fans will have been given cause for embarrassment at the actions of their former manager. In the summer he mispronounced a number of Newcastle players' names in a radio interview- for example- referring to Yohan Cabaye as Yohan Kebab.

Furthermore his appointment by owner Mike Ashley in the summer put him in charge of transfer activity, however the Magpies were the only Premier League club to not spend any money on permanent transfers. The only acquisition was Loic Remy- on loan.

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