Newcastle have failed to get one of their top striker targets – Bas Dost – this summer – and it’s not unlike last summer when we were also after the 6ft 5ins Wolfsburg striker.
At one time it looked like Newcastle were in the lead to sign the big man, but as in other cases – such as with Everton left back Brendan Galloway – the Championship seems to be an issue and the player doesn’t want to come to Newcastle because of that.
Bast Dost – Newcastle offer was tempting
It seems like Dost is headed to Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon and on Thursday Portuguese outlet A Bola gave an update on the situation with the 6 times capped Dutch striker.
Sporting are still negotiating with Wolfsburg on a fee and have offered €7M while the Bundesliga club want €10M.
But in their report they mention Newcastle and the fact that Dost tuned down the north-east club, but that the offer from the Magpies was tempting.
This shows that Newcastle are still well off financially and could probably offer Dost high wages and we can certainly afford he fee.
After all, in one of the busiest transfer window for a very long time we are still making a £7M profit, having allowed 13 players to leave Newcastle and brought 9 players in.
|Matz Sels||£4.5M||KAA Gent|
|Dwight Gayle||£10M||Crystal Palace|
|Jesus Gamez||£1.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Ciaran Clark||£5M||Aston Villa|
|Mohamed Diame||£4.5M||Hull City|
|Daryl Murphy||£3M||Ipswich Town|
|Christian Atsu||Loan - season||Chelsea|
|Transfer Fees In||£54.5M|
|Gabby Obertan||Released||Anzhi Makhachkala|
|Steven Taylor||Released||Portland Timbers|
|Fabricio Coloccini||Released||San Lorenzo|
|Andros Townsend||£13M||Crystal Palace|
|Papiss Cisse||£2.5M||Shandong Luneng|
|Florian Thauvin||Loan - season||Marseille|
|Siem de Jong||Loan - season||PSV|
|Kevin Mbabu||Loan - season||BSC Young Boys|
|Henri Saivet||Loan - season||St. Etienne|
|Tim Krul||Loan - season||Ajax|
|Gael Bigirimana||Free||Coventry City|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - January||Barnsley|
|Emmanuel Riviere||Loan - season||CA Osasuna|
|Jamie Sterry||Loan - January||Coventry City|
|Haris Vuckic||Loan - January||Bradford City|
|Sammy Ameobi||Loan - January||Bolton Wanderers|
|Moussa Sissoko||£30M||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Transfer Fees Out||£85.5M|
It would have been interesting the players we could have signed this summer if we had managed to survive in the Premier League.
We wouldn’t have lost players like Andros Townsend, Gini Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat with Andros and Daryl even having elected to join smaller clubs in Crystal Palace and Watford.
But that didn’t happen and it’s a bit of a pointless task and in any case we deserved to be relegated because of the incompetence by those running the club – mainly from Lee Charnley and Steve McClaren with Chief Scout Graham Carr also helping out.
So for at least one season we have to take our medicine and be second class citizens in the world of English football, when the vast majority of our games will not be televised live.
This is a humbling experience for such a great club as Newcastle and let’s hope we can start winning games and that it will soon look like we will be instantly promoted back to the Premier League with an automatic promotion place.
But at the moment that’s still a hope.
Dos Bast would have been a very interesting signing for us.