Newcastle United failed with a double swoop yesterday.

The Sun says Toon failed in two dramatic last-ditch bids to sign Bryan Ruiz and Liam Ridgewell.

Toon chiefs tried to hijack Fulham's swoop for FC Twente's £10million-rated Costa Rica hitman Ruiz.

They even put a helicopter on standby in London to whisk him to Tyneside after matching the fee and agreeing to offer a bigger salary.

But the two sides were unable to tie up the loose ends of the deal. And a bid for Birmingham defender Ridgewell, 27, also failed to beat the deadline.

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