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Let's laugh at Newcastle for thinking they could sign Bastian Schweinsteiger in his prime

Here's an insight into how one of the dumbest clubs in English soccer thinks.

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Can you imagine Bastian Schweinsteiger playing for Newcastle? Apparently the Newcastle board could. The Birmingham Mail has the incredible story of the Toon's extremely delusional 2008 summer transfer window. Former Newcastle coach Terry McDermott says that him and then-manager Kevin Keegan were convinced that they should sanction the sale of James Milner because they could get a better player -- Schweinsteiger -- to replace him.

When Newcastle actually phoned up Bayern to ask about buying Schweinsteiger, though, they were in for a shock.

"Kevin [Keegan] said 'if we sell him for 15 million quid, how are we going to replace him? They said 'we've already got one -- Schweinsteiger'. He's at Man United now but seven or eight years ago he was a superstar and they said we could get him. The idea of accepting the bid of £15 million for Milner, which was a lot of money then, and then we're looking to get Schweinsteiger it's a no brainer. But after he's signed for Villa -- the day after -- we're trying to sign Schweinsteiger and the answer was 'absolutely no chance, it will cost you £50 million if you wanted to buy Schweinsteiger'. So we had no one to replace him. But he was irreplaceable anyway because he could play anywhere."

And that's how Newcastle came to sell James Milner without lining up a replacement, helping lead to their relegation that season.

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What to watch on Friday (click for listings, all times ET)

World Cup qualifying -- Once again, there are games all over the world. We recommend Belgium vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina at 2:45 p.m.

Friendly: Cuba vs. USA (4 p.m.) -- It's the first time the USMNT has played in Cuba since the embargo was lifted, so the atmosphere should be very cool. Expect to see a lot of Americans in the stands.


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