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Newcastle Finding It Difficult To Sign Targets

11:02 am, Saturday, June 20th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 35 Comments

There was news in the Chronicle yesterday that Newcastle were in advanced talks for Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost, but today it looks like Newcastle have some competition for the 6’5″ Dutch striker.

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Bas Dost Wolfsburg and Dutch International striker

Wolfsburg Sporting Director Klaus Allofs has said that top German club Borussia Dortmund are now interested in signing Bas Dost.

If the news is to be believed than we have already put in a £9M bid for the Dutchman and offered him a four year contract.

But of course it’s the summer transfer window and the Newcastle have already been linked with 89 players – so it’s a normal summer for Newcastle.


At the start of last season Dost was Wolfsburg’s third striker, but he had an excellent second half of the season and ended up scoring 20 goals in 36 appearance.

That propelled Wolfsburg to second place in the Bundesliga and into next season’s Champions League.

Bas Dost would be a good addition to Newcastle’s squad – if we can get him over the line.

But Newcastle make signing new players look very difficult – unlike some other clubs – like Tottenham and Swansea as two good examples.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

35 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jazzyp // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    the problem is mate half the team is made up of mercenaries.
    Sissoko…Colo….Cisse…. have all wanted out of late and who can blame them after the turmoil of the last 5 year or so.Personally if Cabs would come back he would enhance the squad we have at present and still would be the best Midfielder we have at the club ,if you take out the crocked SDJ of course

  • 2 banjax // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    As ever speculation is rife along with the depression that comes with being a Newcastle Supporter. Let’s just keep the speculation at non panic levels until we see actual signings and the investment that goes with it. Patience friends not panic !

  • 3 mickalfas // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    It’s always going to be hard to get them over the line with Scrooge mcduck having the final say

  • 4 Pootle2118 // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    This is a vicious circle. We’ll struggle to sign anyone with ambition until we prove we have ambition ourselves. Once we get the first signing ‘over the line’ then things may well change. I do think however, that the FCW may have to dig deeper than he intended to so as to get the first signing in the bag

  • 5 kilcline // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Still waiting for Austin to turn up haha toonfromleeds more like cluelessfromleeds

    Serbia won the under 20 World Cup, hope we are monitoring that situation, not sure on work permits but still.

    We won’t spend big.

  • 6 Graeme // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    So we can’t get our main targeted players over the line; we cant get coaching staff over the line – What a come down for what used to be a Football Club of some stature within the game.

  • 7 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Lmao @ “Scrooge McDuck”!

  • 8 jazzyp // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Joel matip anyone. Add this lad to our long list of targets.

  • 9 PSYCHOtoon // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    “gone are the days when we sold our best players at any time, and kept the money and didn’t bother replacing them.

    You can never build a good team that way – and Newcastle have proven that over the last eight years with that insipid strategy.”

    There’s black and whiote striped pigs flyin right outside my window Ed

  • 10 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Oi Kilcline, when did I mention Austin?
    Though I still think you are talking bull

  • 11 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Oh no, Ed. Your story’s going to cause such serious flapping. It won’t be a bad thing if changes the course of the gulf stream. I can tell you, it’s freezing here on Tyneside, lads.

    Old Blackley’s just a bit worried that our players won’t be up for it next season when they know McClaren’s choice of coach isn’t his first choice. Because you need first choice coaches to work with first choice players. Ain’t that how it works, Sister Muff?

  • 12 diaspora // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Carr and his team must have been really really busy if we have been linked with 89 players. That’s a lot of games.

  • 13 Barton // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    We finding it hard to get players/staff over the mystic line………one simple reason,we wont pay the going rate,jesus h, one of SM m8’s from Derby turned down a role because Penfold only offerd halve of wat he earned at a championship club,i think that says it all,things will never change 🙁 .

    Fatman Oot!!

  • 14 diaspora // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:23 AM


    What is the going rate ?

  • 15 kilcline // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Why would I make it up? Hardly amazing information? Just told you he had no interest in moving up north, wants to be close to Bournemouth.

    We should go after the leeds youngsters, cook, Byram and the other midfielder

  • 16 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    So Expat’s not rating the squad as highly as I was lead to believe when he said it looks decent and only needs six additions. But he’s clarified that by saying it looks decent and only needs six additions. So that’s good.

    Old Blackley predicted we were relegation fodder at the start of last season with that squad. It now needs a major overhaul, although a couple of top strikers and a top CB could probably get it to midtable mediocrity.

  • 17 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Information that’s probably not true!

  • 18 GeordieGadie // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    give me one good reason to leave a club in the CL, won a cup and go to another with zero ambition.
    Will that enhance prospects? no
    will that enhance market value? no
    will that delay grey hair? no
    will that make family happy? no

    What moving to SJP give a playing? F’nowts
    right don’t expect players to come. end of.

  • 19 overtheline // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    “Newcastle have already been linked with 89 players”

    We have signed 0

    We might sign 2-3 development squad players
    We might sign 2-3 starting 11 players

    At best the speculation ratio is 6/89 is <7% (15 to 1 at Betfair)

    Don't beleive a thing til they're overtheline.

  • 20 Barton // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    10 bob a week if tubbs has his way, F@ck the minimin wage.

  • 21 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    We are 2/1 joint favs to sign Austin gotta be summat in it

  • 22 Jib // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Mitrovic sacked his agent last week and Anderlecht are resigned to losing him.
    Benfica Swansea and the Toon want him
    The writer says Aleksander would prefer the Portuguese side (how he know this I don’t know)
    Swansea offered 15 million euros and we topped them with an offer of 20 , so we are Anderlecht’s favoured bidders but possibly not the player’s.

  • 23 diaspora // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:28 AM


    As much as that !

  • 24 overtheline // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:29 AM


    Spot on it is likely to be 2 strikers and 1 CB

    Probably ought to be 1 striker and 2CBs given the back 4 colander.

  • 25 Thump // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    You don’t say, Ed?

  • 26 arpeco19 // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    If it’s true we only have £25m to spend…. Then we have already missed out on TWO free transfers in Micah Richards and Danny Ings(although a fee would apply for him being so young). There are others out there on “a free” like Luke Garbutt(a fee would probably apply) and others who could make a difference to our already depleted squad. If I can find that over the Internet then it leads me to think what has Graham Carr been doing? Obviously he should know we have no money so why hasn’t he already set things in motion? Clueless. That is all..

  • 27 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    There’s no way on god’s green earth that Mashers has forked bid £20 million for anyone

  • 28 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Perhaps that coach was earning twice what he was worth at that other club?

    Besides, is this talk of not offering enough to McClaren’s choices an actual fact? Remind me where that information came from?

  • 29 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    At last a decent defender linked

  • 30 Barton // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Ignorance is bliss m8………or is jst stupidity ?

  • 31 kilcline // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    You stick to readers digest you uneducated moron. I will stick to facts from people who work and know him better than anyone.


  • 32 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    So where did it come from?

  • 33 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Just because you know more. What was the link? Remind us.

  • 34 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Kilcline you are one arrogant twat, just because someone challenges what you say doesn’t mean you should insult them you are as bad as jib.

  • 35 The overrated Frenchman // Jun 20, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    It’s not that difficult to see why we can’t sign decent players is it? Firstly, we won’t pay the selling club what we obviously need to – always looking to get something on the cheap. Secondly we are not prepared to offer these players the wages they expect. Thirdly, we are viewed, I think it’s fair to say given our recent history, as serial relegation prospects. And you can just imagine what a charismatic figure Lee Charnley must be at the negotiation table…Really, we needed to make a statement of intent early on to change these perceptions – let’s just forget that drivel from Ashley – and we haven’t. Uninspiring choice of head coach, inability (it seems) to attract quality staff around him, and nothing decisive on transfers, in or out. Same old, same old Ashley-era philosophies. Nothing’s changed, nothing will.

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