We published a report yesterday that Newcastle were after 21 year old Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel – Newcastle bid £8M?
And the news this morning is that it looks like Newcastle have bid an amazing £8M for the striker, according to the Daily Mirror. We don’t know how true these reports are, but there are wide reports that Newcastle are after the youngster.
The 21-year-old 6’1″ striker has gained increasing focus from several major European clubs in the last few weeks, after starting this season in brilliant form for his Dutch club, Utrecht, and scoring on his International debut for the Netherlands against Ukraine, earlier this month.
The Woudenberg, Netherlands born player has a prolific goalscoring record for the Dutch Eredivise side, and has scored 12 goals this season already, and in his 78 senior games so far, he has scored 32 goals, and looks a natural goal-scorer.
And of course the striker hit a hat-trick last week as Utrecht put Celtic out of the Europa League, with an amazing 4-0 home win. This may be a pleasant surprise if the deal gets done in the next couple of days, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Newcastle also are reported to have had a scout at Portsmouth over the weekend to watch one of Newcastle’s targets, 23 year-old 6’2″ center-back Marc Wilson, but we’d be surprised if Newcastle go for Marc, unless Steven Taylor is leaving the club over his contract difficulties.
And there is still a very good chance that Spurs striker Robbie Keane will arrive on Tyneside for a season long loan deal, before tomorrow afternoon, and Newcastle will have an option to buy the Irish captain for £6M next summer.
Keep your seat-belts fastened for the next 40 hours or so, until the transfer window closes at 5:00pm tomorrow afternoon.