This was the case despite the national newspaper claiming that the Magpies were poised to offer Bristol City £6million for Bryan which should have been a bid that would have got them approving the deal.
There’s was no report confirming that the Magpies ending up submitting a £6million offer and before the window shut, Bryan was snapped up by Fulham.
Yet the London club have had a terrible campaign this season and look destined to be relegated from the Premier League as a result.
Fulham are 13 points from safety and if they do end up going down then the club will look to cash-in on certain players and some of their stars will try to force moves in order to stay in England’s top-flight.
When you consider that Bryan’s main position is a left-back and Benitez’s side will need a capable left-sided flyer to provide cover for first-choice option Paul Dummett to arrive in the summer, then the Magpies must heap misery on their Premier League rivals by getting their man this time around.
The pacey 25-year-old may be playing for the Premier League side with the worst defensive record in the division but he is a worthwhile signing.
Bryan may have made his fair share of mistakes in the opening weeks of the campaign but since Scott Parker arrived at Craven Cottage, the defender has looked transformed for the better.
The left-back is using his pace to great effect, not being caught out of position as much and looks worthy of playing in the top-flight.
So when you consider this and the fact that Benitez has a knack for getting the best out of his players, making a move for Bryan to right a previous wrong seems like a smart decision to make.