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Newcastle Could Be In For Two Strikers

8:42 am, Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

There was news last night that Newcastle have started talks to sign 27 year-old Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost, a striker we have been linked with since last summer when Newcastle tried to sign the big striker.

The reports suggest Newcastle are in the lead to sign the former Heerenveen player, but it will be a test to see if Rafa Benitez can persuade the high-profile player to play in the Championship.

bas dost

Bas Dost – 27 year-old Wolfsburg striker

Aston Villa are one of the clubs after the striker but last night Aston Villa Chairman Dr. Tony Xia tweeted they were not interested in the player.

Dost has 6 full caps for the Netherlands.

Newcastle have also been linked with 22 year-old French Sebastien Haller of Utrecht, but there are also other clubs interested in the player who had an excellent season in the Eredivisie last term scoring 24 goals in 42 total appearances and he has two goals in three appearances this season.

One club who have recently made a move for him are Southampton and new manager Claude Puel, according to the Mail and if that report is accurate it could make it difficult for Newcastle.

Sebastien Haller

22 year-old Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller

Dost is the finished article and we wonder if Rafa wants to also bring in a younger striker like Haller?

Getting in two strikers has been mentioned a few times in the local press in the past week.

Rafa Benitez talks to all the players before they sign to explain his “exciting project” at Newcastle and there were reports Rafa had already called Haller on the phone.

The 22 year-old didn’t exactly deny it when he was asked about it recently.

But it seems the priority is Bas Dost and he will give some height and aerial power to the side.

But as we mentioned last night, Newcastle will have to move quickly if we want to be successful with Premier League clubs likely to be alerted to his availability.

And at £9M he’s a lot cheaper than some of the ridiculous prices quoted for some other strikers recently.

But it will be a coup if Newcastle can pull this off.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G // Aug 23, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    One would be good, two would be better, would be very happy with either of these guys.

  • 2 Wayayman // Aug 23, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    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.

  • 3 Our Toon // Aug 23, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Still waiting for the creative players, buy all the strikers in the world but if you can’t create chances or struggle to create then your strikers are useless

  • 4 Ron Knee // Aug 23, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Where would Nitro fit in in that case?

  • 5 G // Aug 23, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    @4, Rafa likes to rotate a big squad mate, having 4 striking options wouldnt be a bad problem to have imo. Agree that we still need a creative spark in midfield.

  • 6 geordie157 // Aug 23, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Don’t know much about either of these players.

    I think the left wing/creative midfielder is the priority, if Ritchie or Diame or both get injured we really lack creativity.

    Now Galloway is not an option, can we go and get Charlie Taylor from Leeds or take a chance on Rico Henry

  • 7 f // Aug 23, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    no Charlie Austin?

  • 8 nufc 11 // Aug 23, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Charlie Austin or Danny ings for me

  • 9 robertsleftfoot // Aug 23, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    my HUGE worry about signing Bas Dost or even beinginterested in him is that he was/still is a Graham Carr target!!! So have the club moved forward or are they still putting these players to Benitez of who we should sign.

  • 10 Bryan // Aug 23, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    I agree with you. I am very dubious of all players we have been linked with in the past because of the Carr influence. Its very rare a good striker costs less than 15M so there is a reason why he is only quoted as 9m and that will probably be he falls into the same category as Riviere. Enough said.

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