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 – 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.
We need pace not height. Is he a national team player? https://t.co/KqBVsa6ztw
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 22, 2016
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.
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?