It seems now there is very little chance that Newcastle can persuade Bas Dost to move to Tyneside.
When the news broke on Monday we were after him the only way Newcastle could be successful was to move very quickly and get him signed up.
But while the Sun had reported that Rafa Benitez thought he could sign the 6ft 5ins striker for £9M that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.
Bas Dost – not coming to Newcastle
Sporting Lisbon are one of the clubs interested in signing the 27 year-old big striker and it looks like Dost is keen to move to the Portuguese giants.
Newcastle tried to sign Dost last summer, but for some reason we didn’t and we didn’t sign QPR striker Charlie Austin either and we paid for it by being relegated.
Not only did we have a weak defense last season and let in too many goals – 65 in the Premier League – but we couldn’t score enough goals either.
Dost would have been a good signing for us, but it’s going to be extremely difficult to sign any high-profile players while we are in the second division.
It’s also clear that most of our high-profile players will leave th club and they already include Andros Townsend, Gini Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat, with Moussa Sissoko also expected to leave Newcastle within the next week.
Siem de Jong has gone on loan to PSV and Tim Krul is expected to be shipped out on loan to Ajax this week as a replacement for Dutch number one Jasper Cillessen who will move to Barcelona.
Dost has been at Wolfsburg for four seasons and in that time he has scored 47 goals in 115 games for the Bundesliga club, since moving from Heerenveen in the summer of 2012.
Now the question is which striker has Rafa lined up – and we would hope it’s 22 year-old Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller.
But last Sunday, the names of DeAndre Yedlin and Brentford midfielder Alan Judge hadn’t even been whispered on Tyneside, yet Yedlin is now a Newcastle player and Judge is expected to sign this week.
So Rafa could surprise us again.
What do you think?