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Newcastle rejected chance to sign Schweinsteiger on cheap

Bayern Munich's World Cup star Bastian Schweinsteiger should be playing for Newcastle United.

Back in 2008, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was told by then-manager Kevin Keegan that he'd spotted the perfect replacement for James Milner, who was on the brink of his £12million move to Aston Villa.

Keegan had lined up a deal to take Germany star Schweinsteiger to St James' Park for just £3million and a very reasonable by today's standards, anyway £30,000 a week.

But Ashley would not sanction the move and Schweinsteiger stayed at Bayern Munich.

The People says the Toon supremo's decision not to sign the playmaker was one of the factors in Keegan quitting the club.

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