Anderlecht manager Herman van Holsbeeck has revealed that the club failed to secure a deadline day deal for Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic due to a collapsed move for Lucasz Teodorczyk.
The Serbian striker looked all set to rejoin the Belgian club after being given the green light to leave by the Magpies, who brought in Islam Slimani on loan, only for reports to state that the move had shockingly broken down with just hours to go on the final day of the winter market.
Now, Anderlecht boss van Holsbeeck has confirmed that Mitrovic had travelled out to the club to seal the deal, but the financial terms of a proposed move for their current striker meant it had to be cancelled.
He told HLN: “Mitrovic was in Neerpede (Anderlecht) yesterday, but the financial processing of the Teodorczyk case did not go as I thought.
“That’s why we could only do one thing: keep Teo in Brussels, blow up the deal with Mitrovic and see him go to Fulham.”
Mitrovic was forced to jet back to England and ended up moving on loan to the Championship side, having made just seven appearances for Newcastle this season.
Football Insider verdict
Both the Serbian and his former club are likely to be devastated that a reunion fell through so dramatically, but there is always the chance it will be reignited again in the summer. A move to Fulham might suit him better though, as an impressive goal scoring record in England is much more noticeable than one in Belgium’s top flight. Now is the time for him to get his head down and prove why Rafael Benitez was wrong to send him out. A future at Newcastle looks unlikely but if he shows an improved mentality and a goal scoring talent, then there is a chance he could be back featuring at St James’ Park next season.
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