Joe Kinnear makes Shane Ferguson transfer blunder?

A source close to Birmingham City says that Joe Kinnear told Birmingham City officials that Newcastle United were interested in Shane Ferguson.

Newcastle United director of football Joe Kinnear reportedly declared his interest in signing Shane Ferguson from Birmingham City, despite the Northern Irishman being on loan from the Magpies.

The 22-year-old, who made nine appearances in the Premier League last season, returned for a second spell at St Andrew's in the summer.

He was watched during the Blues' League Cup triumph over Swansea City, and Kinnear was impressed with the full-back.

A source close to the Midlands club told the Sunday People: "Ferguson had a particularly good game that night and Joe Kinnear told one of our officials he was interested in signing him.

"At first our guy thought he was joking but then he realised Kinnear did not know Ferguson was already a Newcastle player."

Ferguson has three years left to run on his contract at St James' Park.

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