Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has admitted he was interested in bringing Argentina international Carlos Tevez to St James' Park.
Roeder made an inquiry about the South American after being impressed by his showing at the World Cup finals.
But after being told to forget it, he will send his side out against former club West Ham at Upton Park tomorrow with Tevez and international team-mate Javier Mascherano in the opposing camp.
Roeder said: 'Tevez was one of the players who impressed me in the World Cup and I made a discreet inquiry about him.
'It was no more than one telephone call, but I was told that we had absolutely no chance of getting him and I did not pursue my inquiry any further.
'That is why I was surprised when I found out that Alan Pardew had signed both Tevez and Mascherano from Corinthians.'