English Championship side Blackburn Rovers' manager Tony Mowbray has revealed that the club had intentions of signing Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu during the January transfer window.
Mowbray revealed that Atsu turned them down despite the club willing to give in to his way demands which were way over their budget.
Atsu's current contract with Newcastle is set for expiration in 2021 and it is believed that the club is keen on releasing him and are prepared to listen to offers for the Ghanaian.
"Ultimately we were going to spend a lot of money on a Premier League footballer who was surplus to requirements because of a signing his club had made," Mowbray said.
"His wages were way out of our league, but yet that deal nearly happened, but that player didn’t want to leave his Premier League club.
"His family situation dictated that, and we were left frustrated.
"There was a deal that done, then it wasn’t done. Clubs came in once there was an awareness of his availability and it clouded his mind. Ultimately the clock ticked down."