Pardew kept his head, and refused to say his TRUE feelings, but the deal could have been a massive boost to his struggling squad.
He had been chasing the signature of the defender for months, long before Euro 2012, and Ashley pulled out at the last moment.
Now Debuchy is hot property, and even though the Magpies are indeed once again after their long term target, the 'Big Boys' have entered the chase.
This Janaury they are expected to have some tough competition for the player in the form of Italian champions Juventus and Spanish giants Barcelona.
The desire to play for the Italian champions could cause Debuchy to make a break for the Italian peninsula, because - does a season of struggle at St James Park give him the challenge he is after?
Source: Newcastle United Mad