Newcastle were interested in Ricky van Wolfswinkel in the summer of 2010 after we had been promoted from the Championship, and when Ricky was still at FC Utrecht, but no firm bid was ever made for the 6’1″ striker, and he eventually joined Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2011 for €5.4M (around £4.5M) on a five year deal.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel – Newcastle again interested?
But today the Portuguese Daily A Bola is reporting that Newcastle are again interested in the striker, who turns 24 next Sunday.
Newcastle also have striker Yoan Gouffran of Bordeaux in their sights, but it wouldn’t surprise us too much if Newcastle try to bring in two strikers this month – so that for once we have a full complement of four experienced striker on Tyneside, and we may even be able to avoid the dreaded drop.
Newcastle are in danger of being relegated for sure after the terrible loss to Reading, and that will lose the club a ton of money if we cannot remain in the Premier League, and Billionaire Mike Ashley is only too well aware of that – we know that. 😀
Ricky has just one cap for Holland, but he has 34 goals in 65 appearances for Sporting Lisbon and while at Utrecht in the Eredivisie, he scored 36 goals in 69 appearances, so he knows there the goal is.
But van Wolfswinkel could be too expensive as Sporting Lisbon rejected an €18M (£14.4M) offer from CSKA Moscow only last summer, however they are short of cash and perhaps a €10M offer from Newcastle could tempt them to sell in January.
Italian clubs Fiorentina and Napoli are also said to be interested in the striker, and he has been in excellent form ever since he joined the Portuguese club eighteen months ago.
Since he started his career at Vitesse back in 2008, Ricky has made 183 total appearances and scored a good 83 goals.
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