As Italy made the perfect start to their EURO 2020 campaign in Rome on Friday evening, Newcastle United fans were offered another untimely reminder of what they missed out on last summer.

On the same day Mike Ashley got his anti-competition tribunal with the Premier League under way over the club's failed takeover from a Saudi-backed consortium last summer, Ciro Immobile displayed on the biggest stage what fans might have missed out on as a result.

Immobile, who has won three Serie A Golden Boot awards and boasts a fearsome record of 150 goals in 219 appearances for Lazio, revealed last summer that Newcastle's prospective owners made contact about a move to St James' Park.

"During the period in which there was talk of the possible purchase of Newcastle by the Sheikh’s fund they called my agent, Alessandro Moggi," he told Corriere Dello Sport last August.

“Then the Premier League did not approve that proposal, or the fund withdrew, I don’t remember well. I know they were also looking for an Italian coach, [Massimiliano] Allegri or [Luciano] Spalletti.”

The Lazio hitman scored the second goal as Italy breezed past Turkey in a 3-0 win at the Stadio Olimpico and has been backed by many pundits to be in contention to win the Golden Boot award.

Former Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas gushed over his 'superb movement' back in the BBC studio while Newcastle's record goalscorer, Alan Shearer, was also left seriously impressed by the 31-year-old.

"He was a nuisance, he was a threat, he was constantly getting into good positions," Shearer said.

"We highlighted him at half-time that it was likely he was going to get a goal this evening and it wasn't an easy finish.

"He was on the move, they didn't know where he was and he slotted in with ease. It was a very good finish."

Newcastle United's EURO 2020 interest continues today when Magpies defender Fabian Schar kicks off his campaign in Group A as Switzerland take on Wales in Baku, Azerbaijan.