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In a report released by Marca, Newcastle United apparently rejected the chance to sign Zinedine Zidane from Bordeaux back in 1996.

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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