Freiburg have denied claims from Newcastle that they moved the goalposts on deadline day as the north-east club attempted to sign Papiss Demba Cisse.
The French striker has scored a quite remarkable 30 goals in 42 appearances for the Bundesliga side and, hence, was a summer target for a number of clubs.
Newcastle were one of those credited with interest in the 26-year-old as Alan Pardew attempted to reinforce his strikeforce prior to the close of the transfer window.
However, Freiburg sporting director Dirk Dufner rejects claims that he played hard ball with Newcastle, but simply states the Toon failed to offer enough cash.
"For starters, Newcastle United's offer was not high enough in our opinion and secondly, it was impossible for us to adequately deal with his departure so short for the transfer window closed," Dufner said to Kicker.
Newcastle were also reported to be pursuing Nolan Roux and Madibo Maiga as Pardew tried desperately to bolster his frontline.
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