However, Newcastle United decisively entered the frame and managed to stump up enough cash to land the £15 million striker.
Years later, ex-Reds chairman Martin Edwards revealed: “Shearer had been to Alex Ferguson’s house, spoken to him and assured him he wanted to come. The problem, I think, was the Blackburn chairman Jack Walker did not want him to come to United. Shearer was quite close to Walker, who was like a father figure to him, and I don’t think Alan wanted to upset him by coming to United.”
Shearer himself recalled: “At one point, I was going to Manchester United. Then I got a call from [Newcastle manager] Kevin Keegan and thought: ‘You know what, I’m going to go back to Newcastle’. It was the club I always supported and wanted to play for.”