Newcastle Lead The Race To Sign Dutch Striker

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.

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Bas Dost 27 year-old Wolfsburg striker

Here are some of the tweets that Caulkin and Lee Ryder have sent out tonight.

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.

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41 comments so far

  • kilcline

    Aug 22, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Must also mean we will be in for a winger, should bully Brighton for knockaert.

    Kets should be banned and take that idiot GeordieTwo with him.

  • BandB

    Aug 22, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #2


    I am really struggling to grasp what’s going on in the heads of people blindly turning all experience and probability on its head in search of the Nirvana of a “positive.” outcome.
    This has been a lift plummeting downwards at increasing speed for several years, filled with Wonga wearing nitwits saying: “Feeling positive lads. Onward and upwards, eh?”

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Aug 22, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #3

    id def take him just for the name. BUT we need LB,LW and CAM BAD!!!!!! gallaway was a major disappointment,

  • G3

    Aug 22, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Fair enough getting Das Boot in but we need wingers and wing backs

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 22, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #5

    There is reason for optimism, but not full blown optimism, but I don’t see so much of that on here. The sustainable model probably hasn’t changed, but if we have given Benitez the last say on transfers we should do well. We’ve lacked depth and balance and made too many dud signings, and neglected the training facility and these are areas Newcastle would have to address to keep such a high profile manager, and there has been a willingness to spend, so this is all augurs well. However, Benitez is here because we met his wage demands, so its likely he has constraints. I doubt Ashley has caved, more likely he’s compromised, but that might actually be the right move.

  • U.S Magpie

    Aug 23, 2016 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Not Holding my Breath on this one, I did it last season when we went after him. And low and behold the same shite appears again this year. Lets be honest here, is there anyone that we are 100% after in this transfer window. Don’t get me wrong yes he is a good striker but until once again we see someone in the shirt this means phuck all.

  • NUFCPaul

    Aug 23, 2016 at 4:24 AM

    Comment #7

    And yet again, with those two magical words ‘Stephen Ngog’, we close the blog for another evening. Night all.

    *pulls shutters down*

  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 23, 2016 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #8

    Having the final say on a transfer is very different from being in charge of transfers. It seems Carr still brings the list with him. “Right Rafa, we’re going to give you a winger, you can choose between crap French winger A and crap French winger B, which one do you want?”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2016 at 6:01 AM

    Comment #9

    I think we have every reason to feel positive about what’s happening at the club despite Mike Ashley still being here. Rafa Benitez hasn’t come in to be Ashley’s patsy, weeks of talks went in to making sure things were going to be done his way and we have signed eight players, most of them with PL experience, I think we have signed one since being promoted. So what if Base Dost is a Carr spot, at the end of the day he’s a good scout and had we signed Van Dijk, Wayama and Bony without then selling them a year later we might have put off relegation for another year at least, you don’t have to be a Wingate wearing nit wit to be feeling posited about the changes that have taken place. If Rafa raps in disgust at what he sees as being conned then I will chuck my ST and revert to complaining about what’s happening at the club.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2016 at 6:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Wingate= wonga

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2016 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #11

    What evidence is there to say Rafa is being dictated to?

  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #12

    Bas Dost is a regular 1 in 3 striker (2014/15 he upped it to 1 in2 ) and his assist figures are huge.

    In the Bundesliga he causes mayhem in opposition boxes in a league that prides itself on having big capable defenders.

    It’s a bit frightening what he may do in the championship.

    Why oh why do the moaning minnies persist in dissing a player because he may have been scouted first by Carr?
    With Benitez and his assistants acting as an extra filter there will much less chance of signing a dud – but it will still happen on occasion.

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 23, 2016 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #13

    I see some are rewriting history yet again. The squad didn’t perform at the toon for many seasons before being relegated. There were a combination of reasons for relegation but the decline didn’t happen overnight as history will tell. The squad was unbalanced to the point of a make shift and mend playing style. Managers were left to coach the players Carr had bought under the financial edict of Ashley. The playing style was predictable and incapable of performing as those fans watching home and away will remember only too well. The Board masked the incompetence of Carr and many fans only realised with the signings of Cabella and Thauvin that he wasn’t watching PL football and players bought lacked the physicality to play in our League.

    Graham Carr was a disaster for the club in the long term as he gained more and more influence as his successful signings became more and more infrequent. Perhaps without Cabaye, Ba, and early doors form of Tiote and Cisse the so called ” Carr model” would have been ditched a long time ago. The Carr myth was perpetuated on the blog so let’s not re write history – some of us were watching the dross of inferior players that Pardew had to integrate into a team. The Board and its eventual replacement by Benitez came too late to avoid the inevitable.

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 23, 2016 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Top Fringe Joke:

    He is a 35-year-old care worker from West Bromwich who is a diehard Newcastle United fan. But that’s not the joke.

    Masai Graham’s gag, announced as winner of the 2016 Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, is this: “My dad has suggested that I register for a donor card. He’s a man after my own heart.”

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 23, 2016 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Jib- Benitez is directing scouting and Carr has been effectively neutered. He is now required to provide written scouting reports something which rarely happened previously.

  • hibbitt

    Aug 23, 2016 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #16

    another scoop for Ian Toon
    ………..Mr Carr is now required to provide written scouting reports………………..
    i must have missed the announcement of you being co opted on to the board

  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #17

    Corriere dello Sport , Tuttosport and Calciomercato with regard to Juve and Inter are this morning throwing midfielders names around fit to make your head spin.

    The nub of everything however for Toon fans is that NUFC are now prepared to loan out Sissoko.

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 23, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #18

    From the fountain of all knowledge.

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 23, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #19

    Jib- Interesting as long as it doesn’t restrict our planned signings.

  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #20
  • Ron Knee

    Aug 23, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #21

    Re Jeff @20

    Somebody has posted:
    Fixussia – 23 août à 7:49
    Très bons si cela s avère juste

    “Very good if it turns out to be true.”

    Rivière evidently has at least one fan!

  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #22


    You are allowed to post snippts of news if you want.

    What’s that son ?

    “You’d rather snipe at real posters as thinking of anything maningful to say hurts your head ”

    Oh OK that’s fine.

    Stand over there in the corner with Mr Tuff and Tsunki.


  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #23

    maningful for meaningful what a brilliant freudian slip -ha ha ha

  • martoon

    Aug 23, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #24

    Jail for Ashley @9 – Spot on – I think that sums up my feelings and I suspect many others as well. I don’t think we’ll ever trust Ashley but while he is willing to take a back seat and (hopefully) let Rafa run the show we accept it and feel optimistic for the future – something we haven’t had for quite a while.

  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #25

    So many fans of other clubs have said to me in the past “why does Ashley not get it?”

    If there is one endeavour where the phrase “speculate to accumulate” applies it’s PL football !

    If he had followed his hero Abramovich’s example from the outset and got in a top manager , who knows what may have happened.

    Let’s hope it’s lessons learnt and onward and upward from now on.

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 23, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #26

    martoon- With all due respect I don’t think you need a scout to have told you of the quality of the likes of Van Dijk, Wayama and Bony.
    Carr’s mandate was to unearth talent before everybody else so that the price was not inflated. The Classic and so called ” Carr model” was Cabaye whom he scouted for 18 months before his contract was due to expire. Carr had a limited life span particularly after Harry Redknapp alerted the football world at large about what he was doing.

  • Mag52

    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #27

    B and B.

    I’m not blessed with a naturally optimistic nature, but even I feel that the lift, plummeting downwards for some years, has, with the signing of Benitez, come to a halt for the time being.
    If the manager is given time, he has the tools to repair the malfunctioning lift and get it working as it should again.
    Hopefully he’ll have the time he needs.

  • hibbitt

    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #28

    snippets are welcome made up garbage is not
    we”you and ian are included” have no idea of carrs mandate

    I’ll leave the sniping to you as you’re so good at it

  • martoon

    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #29

    Ian @26 – I was referring to how people feel towards the club rather than Carr’s scouting ability. However on that subject it’s very easy with 20 20 hindsight to say it was obvious a player was going to be great!

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #30

    I have already seen the assumption that, because we are in for Bas Dost, that we are going to play long ball. Why? Why does having a tall player suddenly mean rafa would abandon playing football? You still need tall players to give you an advantage at corners, free kicks and general crosses. It dosent automatically mean hoofball.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #31

    It goes back to my favorite argument… players like this are just what you need on cold, wet, late autumn away days in the champs, when the pitch is naff and its 0-0 with 15 mins to go. Get your hard working journeymen on to the pitch, play the ball wide, get a cross in for the big man and score.

  • firebug666

    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #32


    Spot on mate, we need height in the box when attacking but also in our own box when defending, we concede too many goals from set plays because we don’t have the height to deal with balls into the box, and we miss so many chances at the other end for the same reason.

    It’s not a case of height for hoofball, but to give us tactical options.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #33

    What’s happened to our correspondent at Newcastle Airport – No word of rumours/comings or goings through the airport.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #34


    Yeah good point about defending. We are so weak at the back when a set piece comes in.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #35

    Carr gets so much grief it’s truly rediculous. The guy seems to have been given a mandate set by Ashleys puppets or even Ashley to find players on a tiny budget that could then be sold for a huge profit. That is always going to be a massive gamble and what scout or club buys players for a few million and sells them for the money a few players have sold for. Not many. The problems all stemmed from bad policies not Carr. If anything the man has done well. I wonder if he scouted hayden because if he did he looks to have found another gem for peanuts. My concern now is we look to be offloading. That’s ok as long as we get 4 players of the right quality in. Knockaert however you spell it is not coming but again qualit scouting as he looks to be very consistent. Bas dost on stats looks right too fingers crossed on that one. Still hoping for an inspirational midfielder/winger and left back minimum.

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #36

    hibbitt- Think what you like and even play the man and not the ball. But it wasn’t made up, whether it’s garbage well that’s a matter of opinion.

  • Wayayman

    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #37

    I know nowt about Bas Dost. Anyone on here seen him play more than Youtube highlights?

    Re the optimism, thank god for that. It’s just a relief to have something within our grasp for once (promotion) rather than the relentless awful run we’ve boon on with both results and the same type of managerial set-up. Geordies are cynical and hard-worn by nature, but we also have passion and pride. For me, the Rafa is restoring some pride after all these years of ineptitude and that reason alone is why i’m feeling more optimistic than I have since the day Shearer signed.

    Also, Geordie Two, you crack me up mate. Keep it up, you remind me of the conversations me and my mates used to have in our teens when Vic & Bob had just made their first tv series.

  • Wayayman

    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #38

    Boon? Been!

  • posada

    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #39

    These new rules on fouling in the box might help Mitro and would certainly help this player at 6’5″.
    For the first time in years there is going to be hopefully a change that favours the attacker. For 10 years now all the changes have favoured ticky tacky keep ball.
    This might tip the balance in favour of a more traditional game.
    Not hoof ball, but get the ball wide and get some crosses in. If basketball/rugby league defending is not allowed then the game will be all for the better.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #40

    Ian Toon,
    How on earth did the board mask the ineptitude of Carr, they couldn’t even begin to mask their own incompetence. The ‘Carr’ model, as you call it was not born over night, it started with the announcement of Dirk LLambias’s ‘purple’ policy. Was it Carr that announced the grossly incompetent statement about not doing cups, was it Carr that decided that finishing fifth wasn’t sound business and decided to not buy players that year. The guy is a scout who was given far too much say on players coming in because the people that dreamed up these hair brained schemes wanted it that way.


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