Depending on which paper you read the fee was to be £2million or £3million, but we would have had to offload Nikos Dabizas and Carl Cort first.
But good signing that he would be, Southgate has no intention of leaving Boro.
The player’s agent Steven Firth told Sky Sports News: "This really is utter rubbish. There is no truth to this whatsoever, it is totally unfounded. For this to come out on the eve of an England game is a disgrace.
"Newcastle United have confirmed to me that there is no truth in this at all. Gareth is happy where he is but that is not an issue as this is absolute rubbish."
Contract negotiations in the offing for Southgate by any chance?