There are various reports in the local papers today that Newcastle will move in for Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost this week, and he seems our best bet of signing somebody this week, before the players start to drift in from their summer break in about 9 days time.
Bas Dost – no bids yet
There was news yesterday that the chances of us signing our number one target Charlie Austin have receded, with West Ham the latest club in the lead for the QPR striker, with rumors circulated over the weekend that he doesn’t want to leave London.
Newcastle are currently second favorites to sign Charlie with Chelsea now third favorites, but it’s looking like the Hammers can tie up the deal soon – but you never know.
QPR’s Les Ferdinand wants £15M for Austin and it looks like Newcastle aren’t the only club unwilling to go past £10M as far as the fee goes – with West Ham also said to be balking at the fee.
We still hope that Newcastle will agree a fee closer to £15M, and be a bit more brave in trying to get Charlie to Tyneside.
There was news we had already bid £9M for Bas Dost last week but that may not be true, and now Borussia Dortmund have moved in for the 26 year-old 6’5″ striker, so Newcastle need to move quickly for the Dutch International striker.
Wolfsburg Technical Director Klaus Alloffs has said this about Bas:
“There is currently no single bid received for Dost.”
While it’s always difficult to know what exactly is going on behind the scenes, and what the real challenges are in these transfers – it does look like Newcastle need to become more aggressive in their transfer dealings.
It could take as much as £12M to get Dost to Tyneside, and we wonder if Newcastle will be put off by that figure, even though we have plenty of cash available.
We need new players brought in, and we have the backing of the owner Mike Ashley.
Lee Charnley is in charge of things in these transfer windows, and he’s the one who does the negotiating to get the players into the club.
So the Managing Director has to show this summer he can get players into the club – and he needs to be aggressive to get the job done.
And it’s really the sooner the better.