Luton Town boss Nathan Jones admits they made an attempt for Newcastle youngster Elliot Anderson.
The promising attacking midfielder was considered by both the Hatters and Sheffield Wednesday on a temporary deal until the end of the season.
However, both clubs opted against a loan for the Scotland under-21 international, who instead agreed a switch to League Two outfit Bristol Rovers to work under former Magpies midfielder Joey Barton.
Jones told Luton Today: “We’re an admirer of Elliot Anderson, but what we need to bring in now was someone that was going to improve our 11.
“With the greatest of respect, Elliot hasn’t gone out yet and over time he might have, but we just needed a little push.
“So we could have had a look at him, but if there’s no opportunity of us ever buying him then it’s very difficult bringing him in on loan.
“I’m delighted for him, he’s a great kid, I got to speak to him a few times, with the permission of Newcastle, a great kid, wants to play football, will do very, very well I know and will do really well at Bristol.
“So he’s someone that we liked, but probably wasn’t right in this window, that’s all.”
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