Ambitious Newcastle tried to sign Italy superstar Ciro Immobile earlier this summer, according to the Lazio striker.
Newcastle are still in the midst of a £300m takeover saga, but that did not stop them making an approach for the 30-year-old striker.
Immobile says that Newcastle approached his agent over a possible transfer, but he has pledged his future to the Rome club instead.
The player, who hit 39 goals this season, has also revealed the club were planning on replacing boss Steve Bruce with a top Italian manager.
“During the period in which there was talk of the possible purchase of Newcastle by the Sheikh’s fund they called my agent, Alessandro Moggi,” Immobile told Corriere Dello Sport.
“Then the Premier League did not approve that proposal, or the fund withdrew, I don’t remember well. I know they were also looking for an Italian coach, [Massimiliano] Allegri or [Luciano] Spalletti.
“I intend to tie myself to Lazio forever. The renewal will be for three years, so the contract will expire in 2025 when I turn 35,” said Immobile.
Immobile won both the Serie A Golden Boot and the European Golden Shoe in 2019-20, after netting 36 goals in Serie A.
According to Calciomercato.it, United were considering Immobile as a potential strike target earlier in the summer.
However, the player, who has a record of 135 goals in 225 Serie A games has revealed his intent to extend his contract and see out his career in Rome.
Meanwhile, in April Everton asked Lazio if they would take Moise Kean as part of their prospective bid for Immobile.
Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti was desperate to bring in Immobile to Goodison Park this summer and sees the Lazio frontman as his No 1 transfer target – but knows persuading him to ditch the Italian capital for Merseyside won’t easy.