News tonight that Newcastle have started talks to sign 27 year-old Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost, according to George Caulkin of the Times and Lee Ryder of the Chronicle, and Newcastle seem confident they can sign the 6ft 5ins striker.
However, there are other clubs also interested in the Dutch striker and they include Newcastle’s promotion rivals Aston Villa, who are keen to sign the former Heerenveen striker.
However it seems Newcastle are in the lead to sign the player – let’s hope that’s true.
Bas Dost 27 year-old Wolfsburg striker
Here are some of the tweets that Caulkin and Lee Ryder have sent out tonight.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 22, 2016
Bas Dost has also been pursued by Aston Villa – as well as some PL clubs – but a degree of optimism at #Nufc that he’ll sign.
— George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) August 22, 2016
The Chronicle is reporting the Wolfsburg player is the number one striker Rafa Benitez wants to bring to Tyneside this month and certainly he would give us some aerial dominance.
Bas Dost has been a long term target of Newcastle’s and we tried to sign him last summer, but were unsuccessful.
Bas has been at Wolfsburg for four years, since signing on from Heerenveen back in 2012.
Last season in 31 appearances he scored 10 goals and in the previous season he had an excellent 20 goals in 31 appearances for the German club.
In the four years in the Bundesliga he has scored 47 goals in 115 appearances for Wolfsburg and is expected to cost around £9M.
In the two seasons at Heerenveen before joining the Bundesliga he scored 52 goals in 73 appearances.
Dost made his International debut for the Netherlands in March of last year at the Amsterdam ArenA, in a European qualifier against Turkey which ended in a 1-1 draw.
He has 6 full caps for the Netherlands and played 10 times with 5 goals for the U-21 side.
Tonight Aston Villa’s Chairman Tony Xia, who likes to use Twitter every day, has said his side are not in for the Wolfsburg striker, and they need pace rather than height up front.
The news of the Magpies after Dost may alert some Premier League clubs to his availability, so if Newcastle are to be successful they must move very quickly.
It’s a good question as to whether Dost would want to play in the Championship if Premier League clubs become interested in him.