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Newcastle To Miss Out On This Player

8:44 am, Thursday, August 25th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

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

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Bag Dup for another year.

  • 2 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Dos Bats once again does not sign. There’s a shock. It’s been a common theme with forwards. First Erdinc was linked every window, then it was Perry-Eminates Aboomarang, and now Sod Stab.

  • 3 posada // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    By my reckoning we now have only one complete and utter knacker to move out.
    King Tut aka Riviere.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Best bring out the Andy Carroll links then, Shirley we’re not going to mention Charlie again, are we?

  • 5 geordie157 // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Surely the other usual striker will be linked soon…..who’s name I’ve actually forgotten plays in the bundesliga

  • 6 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:59 AM


    Charlie? Who is he? 😀

  • 7 Fostino // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Last paragraph of the article is spot on. Everything else is speculation

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Aug 25, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Not sure how we’re going to do that, Nile cruises have become very unpopular due to the heightened terrorist alert in that part of the world. Antony and Cleopatra is being done at the Customs house this autumn, he might get a slot on that.

  • 9 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM


    I did. Aubemmayang or whatever. I called him Perry-Eminates Aboomarang

  • 10 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Dat Boss never fancied the championship, i reckon.

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Churnley trying to tout Riverie to Europes agents.

  • 12 Jib // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:07 AM

  • 13 Bryan // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    As he is a Carr recommendation I think its a bullet dodged.
    Is it just me or does anyone else think we are replacing players who have left with players who aren’t any better ie Yedlin for Jaanmat, Collo/Taylor for Hanley/Clark, Krul for Sels etc. To me the squad is turning from a Premier league squad (all be a relegated one) to an average Championship squad and if we get promoted we will have a massive and expensive job to get anywhere near staying up. Can that be done I hope so but I have my doubts.

  • 14 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:09 AM


    Finally Jail and Jib have agreed on something!

  • 15 robertsleftfoot // Aug 25, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    In terms of signing Ritchie and Gayle then yes we have players who maybe can cut it if we go up but for my Reckoning


    wont be players who can cut the mustard if we go up. This squad looks to me bang average for the championship and nothing special other than Richie and Gayle.

    If we did manage to go up then it would be another summer of 10 out and 15 in to cope with the demands of the premier league.

    We have a long way to go to even convince me we are are good championship side!! Premier league is a mile away

  • 16 Sav // Aug 25, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Its true, Rafa is building a championship side. But the job is to get out of the Championship and that is what he is about. We won’t easily get worthwhile Prem players now and some of our better players are shipping out along with the dross. If we are sitting near the top of the heap at Xmas, we could make some of those signings at that stage. That might also be the best time to get rid of Sissoko to a Champs League club looking for a boost. Meanwhile, he should knuckle down and tie his boots on for the Toon.

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