Former Newcastle United defender Steve Howey has delivered his verdict on forward Wout Weghorst, who was linked with a move to his former club during the summer transfer window.

A deal never materialised for the Wolfsburg marksman and Howey has conceded it could prove to be a 'big mistake'

Bild claimed Newcastle and Arsenal were monitoring the Netherlands international, who represented his country at Euro 2020.

However, the Magpies had a quiet window and recruited just one player for the first-team, bringing midfielder Joe Willock back to the club from Arsenal following the success of his initial loan spell last term.

Howey told Thisisfutbol: "It could prove to be a big mistake, but I mean, it happens.

"I mean, sometimes it goes the other way and sometimes you pay over the odds for a player because you think he’s going to be the next best thing and it turns out to be not what it said on the box type thing, so it goes both ways."

Weghorst has made a bright start to the 2021/22 campaign for Wolfsburg, notching three goals in Bundesliga already.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have made a sluggish start to the season, failing to win any of their opening six Premier League games and picking up just three points.

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The disappointing start has only placed the club's lack of activity in the transfer market under closer examination and pressure is mounting on manager Steve Bruce.

An injury to Callum Wilson has dealt a blow to the Magpies and left them short of firepower, and news of the thigh problem may have left many supporters wishing a deal for Weghorst could have been done.

Newcastle visit Wolves next Saturday before the international break, which will be followed by a clash with Tottenham.