It was inevitable that Wilfried Bony would be the man who cemented Alan Pardew’s place in the history books as the first Newcastle manager to lose five Premier League games in a row.

That’s because the Ivory Coast striker was continuously linked with a move to Tyneside from Vitesse, where he earned a reputation as one of Europe’s rapidly emerging talents.

Day after day, the gossip columns in the North-East were filled with rumours that Newcastle were to make a move for Bony, only for the clowns in charge of negotiations to let the now Swansea striker slip through the net.

“Over the line” is a phrase Geordies are sick of hearing from the Toon hierarchy these days. Alan Pardew regularly fills his summer months bemoaning agents and clauses as reasons he can’t get the players he wants “over the line”.

The reason Bony never arrived at Newcastle was because of his transfer fee. Mike Ashley and co. were unwilling to stump up over £10m for the powerful forward, so Swansea stepped in and bagged themselves a top goal scorer.

And how Newcastle could do with one of those right now.