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Newcastle Haven’t Bid For Any Strikers Yet

9:02 am, Monday, June 22nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 30 Comments

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

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

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Now you mention it … I can’t remember whether that was newspaper talk or actual quotes from Clarkie. You can imagine the next best thing to being a No.1 for Clarkie would be to get on the rollercoaster at Newcastle as a no.2.

  • 2 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    I think Clarkie probably looks at it as a chance at the number 1 job. We promote from within when that option is available at the minute, and I’d imagine Clarkie will look at this as a route to the top job after gaining more experience, and having a chance at top flight coaching. Plus he would be working with someone who is a very good coach, so could learn whilst gaining experience.

    On the quotes, I am not sure whether it was direct from him, or standard newspaper guff, but I think it would make sense for him. Whether it is best for NUFC is another issue altogether. He wouldn’t be my first choice as our Assistant head coach.

  • 3 Jib // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    If they haven’t bid yet this could mean .

    The targets are British and still under contract.
    Even if their contract runs out this summer 99.9% of summer contracts run until June 30th and technically speaking talking before then counts as tapping up.
    Of course agents and the press corps can be of assistance in this and the FA cannot know what is said in private phone calls.
    Can anyone remember if any of our recent signings came like a bolt out of the blue without any speculation at all ?

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    If the contract runs out this summer, we could have spoken to them any time in the 6 months prior without it being tapping up.

  • 5 Jib // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Asked by the Shields Gazette about speculation regarding himself and his old club, Lee Clark said that he would love to be involved under Steve McClaren at the club he supported as a boy and of course played for.

  • 6 Jib // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    You know a lot more than I

  • 7 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    On Austin you say, “We still hope that Newcastle will agree a fee close to £15M,…” Ed, do we not still hope we will agree a fee closer to £10M?

    Ed, you tell us, “now Borussia Dortmund have moved in for the 26 year-old Dost …” and go on to say no club has made a bid. How does that work? Do I hear the vigorous flapping of wings?

    Do fans even want this player? Of course, fans love a new name just for the sake of it. Especially a foreign sexy name because they know less about them and hope they will be the answer. And the bigger the fee the more excited we are.

  • 8 jayphoto // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Never know it its Charnley being inept or restraints placed by Ashley?? We all thought Llambias couldn’t get things over the line too, how hard can it be that every other premier league chairman seems to do it with ease?
    Guessing McClarens coaching choices aren’t available. Probably better hectakes his time and gets if right than brings in another Carver

  • 9 Jib // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    I could think of many ways to describe Bas Dost’s name.
    Sexy is not at the top of my list

  • 10 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    It is the Bosman ruling. Players are allowed to discuss terms with other clubs once they enter the final 6 months of their contract. For players under the age of 24, a tribunal decides a development fee if the clubs can’t agree a settlement.

    Still, even if the players are still within their contracted period we could still be bidding. Who knows if we have made any bids or not. This is the same local paper who told us we had made a firm bid last week. They know about as much as the average fan.

    Coaching staff are key at the minute though, 9 days till pre season, and we are unable to plan for it as we have no idea which personnel are going to be coaching, and what skillets they bring.

  • 11 Lindisfarne // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:27 AM


  • 12 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    I hope we don’t get Dost. He had a good spell, but in his previous 7 seasons of first team football has only been prolific in one season. That was back in Holland, at a time when Dozy Altidore was banging them in left right and centre. Would prefer to keep Cisse then get Dost, and neither offers enough all round play to make it worthwhile having both.

  • 13 jayphoto // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    No surprise on no signings im guessing McClaren doesn’t know what hes got yet at Newcastle!
    I’m guessing there is certain players he’ll be curious about? Vuckic, Ferguson, Goode, Kemen and possibly Satka are in the areas where under the right coaching could be good players with Vuckic, Goode and ferguson having loan and international experience.

  • 14 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    It took us a month to appoint Carver. No guarantee that time results in the best outcome.

  • 15 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Dortmund can have moved in by making enquiries, putting the feelers out etc. Doesn’t have to be an official bid.

    On Clarke, I know a few people in and around the Birmingham youth set up who know him who were not impressed. Seemed to think he was ill – disciplined and inconsistent with a lot of what he did, and it’s not a great sign that when he left and Rowett came in he immediately improved them and stepped them up a level with virtually no experience and the same squad and budget.

  • 16 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    “…so Newcastle need to move quickly for the Dutch International striker.”

    This is a special offer. It’s available for one day only. Good players are selling like hot cakes. Buy now or risk missing out. You know it makes sense Mr Charnley. I’ve got clubs on the phone to us every day and I have two clubs who are extremely interested and are ready to make a move. I’m expecting a call any minute from one particular chairman. Can you afford not to move quickly Mr Charnley?

  • 17 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Yeah but Bas Dost is a very sexy name … and we haven’t signed anyone in the last two weeks, and some other clubs have, and there’s only a couple of months of the window left, so let’s not waste any time, and let’s offer more not less to wrap this up quickly.

  • 18 zimtoon // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Those who know better,is this dost better than cisse?

  • 19 sparky55 // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Wonder what it feels like to get a job knowing the only reason why you got that job is because no-one else wanted it…that goes for both Wally and Clarky

    Clarky is just a younger version of Carver who has already said exactly the same words Carver spouted out when he told the world he wanted the job. The word ‘Geordie’ should be banned when applying for any position at newcastle.

    and we wonder why no-one wants to play for newcastle either…no-one knows who the coach will be and anyone who comes knows they’ll be on sh!te wages compared to anyone within 150 miles of the place. Back in the day when we recognised it was difficult to attract players to the North east we had Keegan and Robson selling the place to potential targets and we had owners who would pay the right wages to make that decision a little easier.

    Now we have the Wally with brolly who can only be described as un-inspiring at best, and an owner who is only prepared to pay tat transfer fees and reduced wages with massive bonus’ that mean nothing because we’ll never win owt anyway

    Let the fun begin….

  • 20 aussiemag // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Anyone seeing the usual trend happening?
    Typical Fat Cashley!!!!

    We have a new coach who couldn’t organise a back room let alone get a root in a brothel.
    We are linked with every Championship player under the sun ( Shows how seriously Cashley really is about winning something)
    Then we start talking about our up and coming players who where not fit enough for Pardwho’s team but now may seem good enough for McClaren to work with!!
    I seeing McClarens back room being organised last minute before the window opens in less than 2 weeks from now and then we will get and mark my words 1 average striker 1 average midfielder and 1 average defender all of which would be on frees.

    Cashley out now!!!!!

  • 21 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:42 AM


    From all accounts (at least the ones i have read) sad bots is just a target man. Cisse probably has more to his game.

  • 22 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    BAS …..DOST ….BAS ….DOST. Let that sexy name dance on your tongue, tickle the roof of your mouth and sprinkle fairy dust on your tonsils. Delight in the vowels and let them linger for maximum pleasure. BAAAAS DOOST. Aaah. Gorgeous. Now just sign here Mr Charnley.

  • 23 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    The club should be acting on the targets it has right now. They have been having transfer summits since January, and I imagine they have extensive dossiers on a wide range of players. The players need time to settle, and get to know their team mates. There are all sorts of issues, external from football – relocation, family, school etc that the players would want to sort out, and therefore it is better done earlier so all these transitions are complete before the season starts.

    In an ideal world, most manager and coaches would tell you that it is best to have the majority of your transfer business done before the players arrive back for pre season.

    I understand part of the argument that McClaren needs to see the squad, but anybody can see we are weak defensively, and need strengthening up front. The midfield is slightly more competitive, and I’d understand not pressing ahead with targets in that area just yet.

    The other issue is that the club has too big a squad. There are too many players that would need to be named to play in the Premier league this season, and I can’t see that sitting too well with Ashley, if we then bring others in. We need to start shifting some of the junk, but again, McClaren needs to decide what is and isn’t junk.

    There are arguments both ways, but the two against are of the clubs making.

  • 24 Pootle2118 // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Morning all

    Looks like it’s the same old story so far today. After a flick through todays papers headlines, doesn’t look like there are any new stories, just the same names linked over the last few days

  • 25 aussiemag // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:55 AM


    I have a sinking feeling you will be saying the same thing after the summer wind ow slams shut

  • 26 Pootle2118 // Jun 22, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Blackley @22

    You need help mate you really do. Unless you’re on a different kind of fairy dust that is

  • 27 Pootle2118 // Jun 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM


    I’m hoping for at least a new set of target names next week, otherwise I have a feeling we’ll all be able to recite the articles word for word if its still the same players!

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Jun 22, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    I was going to leave a very similar post as Lilongwe regarding Clarke. I think people had high hopes for him after what he achieved at Huddersfield. I think his eagerness to get back in the hot seat led him to make some bad career moves. I can’t claim to know what he thinks is best for him but a number two role might be better suited to him after his last two experiences.

  • 29 nufc 11 // Jun 22, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    I love the way the club keep saying NEXT WEEK they will be stepping up their interest NEXT WEEK NEXT WEEK they will be still saying that on DEADLINE DAY, the new money around the place has changed the goal posts small clubs are outbidding NUFC and working under the gaze of Mike Ashley is as attractive as jumping off the tyne bridge no one in their right mind would touch us with a 10 foot barge poll. Id love to see the list of transfer targets that JC was showen that got him so excited in May ” You wont believe who the club are going after” MESSI, Ronaldo, Neymar? Not quite John eh?

  • 30 Nufcdaft // Jun 22, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Alrite lads can anyone shed some light on why we are scouring the championship for player?surely we are in need of proven premiership quality

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