Valentino Lazaro has revealed the role played by Steve Bruce in convincing the winger to sign for Newcastle United.
Elsewhere, the Magpies' head coach has confirmed the club are interested in a move for Tottenham defender Danny Rose.
Here are your top Newcastle United stories for January 24:
Valentino Lazaro has lifted the lid on why he chose Newcastle United over Bundesliga table toppers RB Leipzig.
The Austrian has joined Newcastle on loan until the end of the season with the club having an option they can exercise for a permanent deal after June 30.
Lazaro's agent also spoke to Bologna and there was interest from West Ham, but it was the winger's talks with Steve Bruce that eventually swung the deal.
Lowdown on new signing
Valentino Lazaro has been announced as Newcastle United's second signing of the window.
The Austrian international has joined on loan from Inter Milan until the end of the season, and will don the number 23 shirt for the Magpies.
Lazaro - who has 28 caps and three goals for his country since making his debut in 2014 - opted for the temporary switch to England despite interest from RB Leipzig and Bologna.
The 23-year-old made just four appearances under former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte at the San Siro this season following his summer transfer from Hertha Berlin.
So what should Newcastle United fans expect from the latest signing?
Tim Armitage is a Magpies' supporter and worked as the Austrian Bundesliga and National Team analyst for Football Radar from 2013 to last year. He is currently a data quality manager with the website, but still covers the national and under-21 sides.
Here, he gives us the story of Lazaro's breakthrough at Salzburg, how he progressed in Germany with Hertha Berlin, and what he can offer United for the rest of the season:
Bruce on Rose
Steve Bruce has admitted that he would like to sign Danny Rose in the January transfer window - but the deal is still very much up in the air.
The England left-back is contracted until 2021 and is on £60,000 per week at Tottenham Hotspur.
Rose does not want to take a hit on his wages and will play hardball with Spurs to ensure he gets what he feels he is worth.
At 29, he is going into an important chapter of his career and will want a pay day before he retires.
Waddle on ASM
Former England and Newcastle winger Chris Waddle has been impressed by Allan Saint-Maximin but feels he needs to be more consistent to become a star.
Saint-Maximin joined Newcastle from Nice last summer and has made a huge impact when he has been on the pitch.
The former France under-21 international has suffered from injuries during his short stay so far on Tyneside but has left fans brimming with excitement when he has taken to the field.
His pace, trickery and power, particularly in transition, has been vital for the Magpies on the counter attack and he has quickly established himself as a fan favourite at St James' Park.
Former Liverpool and England midfielder Jamie Redknapp proclaimed he could 'become a superstar' while working on Sky Sports' coverage of Newcastle's win over Chelsea, and while Waddle has been impressed by the 23-year-old, he feels he still needs to do more to warrant that sort of status.
Hayden on FA Cup
Isaac Hayden admits there has been a shift in mentality towards the FA Cup at Newcastle United this season.
The midfielder is also adamant the fourth-round defeat to Oxford United three years ago has no bearing on the upcoming St James' Park rematch.
The Magpies could reach the FA Cup fifth round for the first time since 2006 with victory over Karl Robinson's side on Saturday.
More than 45,000 tickets have already been sold for the cup clash, setting it up for potentially the highest St James' Park attendance for the competition under Mike Ashley.
Head coach Steve Bruce has repeatedly outlined his intention to achieve a cup run, and supporters have seemingly responded to the positive rhetoric and a home draw to lower-league opposition.
Manchester United have enquired about the possibility of signing Newcastle United flop Islam Slimani.
That is according to Mail Online, who claim Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been forced to turn to the Algerian international forward following Marcus Rashford's injury and Anthony Martial's stuttering form.
Manchester United have just seven days to find reinforcements up front but have been told by Leicester a loan move for the 31-year-old will cost them £4million.
Slimani joined Leicester for a club record fee back in 2016 but scored just eight goals in 35 Premier League appearances.