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Magpies fail with last-gasp bids to sign Johnson and Bent

03 February 2009 01:39
Manchester City's Michael Johnson will not be joining Newcastle

Owner Mike Ashley finally spent time inNewcastle

trying to flex his financial muscles but failed with late bidsfor Tottenham

striker Darren Bent andManchester City

midfielder MichaelJohnson.

Ashley's day-long search for players withmanager Joe Kinnear and managing director Derek Llambias, however, did result in one transaction — the capture of Ryan Taylor from Wigan

with Charles N'Zogbia moving in the opposite direction and Wigan paying an additional£6million.

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Source: Daily_Mail