Jimmy Bullard - The best player Newcastle United never had?
As the closure of the January transfer window ticks ever closer the feeling of being a scruffy kid looking through a sweet shop window must have swept over thousands of Newcastle United fans worldwide.
Toon boss Joe Kinnear claims that he has around ÃÂ£10million to spend but so far no cash signings have arrived at St James's Park even though there is plenty of proven talent kicking around.
And when Jimmy Bullard opts to switch to flipping Hull, you know that something is clearly wrong in the world of the black and whites.
Why are the Magpies chasing a Stephane Mbia for ÃÂ£10million when you can get Bullard for ÃÂ£5million?
Are we actively going for common sense signings or has it reached the stage where nobody wants to touch a Toon shirt with barge pole?
I think you'd have to say it seems to be turning out that way.
It had previously occured to me that not that long ago Anton Ferdinand had been advised to give Newcastle a wide berth by his big brother Rio.
And if that was just a one off I wonder what the score was when it comes to Jimmy Bullard signing for a Hull team that are sinking like a stone!
True, maybe he thinks Newcastle are going in a similar direction but it shows that United have slumped to a new low.
The signing of Emile Heskey at Villa may not have the Robinho factor or the "wow signing" that Mike Ashley once apparently spoke of
But such a battling bruiser would have at least given the fans on Tyneside hope.
Then again look at where Aston Villa are and where Newcastle are, why would he want to come here at the moment?
It doesn't seem that long ago that Newcastle were being linked with the Ronaldos (the fat one), Roberto Baggios and Del Pieros of the world not to mention the glorious scenes that welcomed Alan Shearer and Michael Owen.
How times change.
As it stands United will have to be pleased with Peter Lovenkrands who has barely played for Schalke in recent times and left the club under somewhat of a cloud.
Lovenkrands didn't have a Shearer or Owen style welcome at Newcastle's training ground today with just TWO fans waiting for an autograph after the session.
I suppose that was two more than Antoine Sibierski had in 2006 and if we see as much effort from Lovenkrands most Toon fans will be grateful.
However, that only goes to show we are rapidly accepting less.
And that as Leeds United fans will tell you is a worrying sign.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?