The report claims that the Magpies turned down Zidane and claimed he"wasn't good enough" at a time when they were vying for the Premier League title.
Agent Barry Silkman also revealed in an interview with Sport.co.uk that he offered the then 24-year-old French midfielder to Newcastle for £1.2 million only to receive a rejection.
"I have missed out on players. I suppose the biggest player I missed out on was Zinedine Zidane," he said.
"I offered him to Newcastle at the beginning of the 1996 season for £1.2m. And they watched him and said that he wasn’t good enough to play in the First Division which is the Championship now.
"Three months later he went to Juventus for £1.2m and two years later he went for £48m. So I think the people at Newcastle got it slightly wrong."
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