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“Tempting Offer” Shows Newcastle Competing For Top Talent

8:44 am, Friday, August 26th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

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.

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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£4.5MKAA Gent
Dwight Gayle£10MCrystal Palace
Matt Ritchie £10MBournemouth
Jesus Gamez£1.5MAtletico Madrid
Isaac Hayden£2.5MArsenal
Grant Hanley£5.5MBlackburn
Ciaran Clark£5MAston Villa
Mohamed Diame£4.5MHull City
DeAndre Yedlin£5MTottenham
Daryl Murphy£3MIpswich Town
Achraf Lazaar £3MPalermo
Christian AtsuLoan - seasonChelsea
Transfer Fees In£54.5M
Gabby ObertanReleasedAnzhi Makhachkala
Sylvain MarveauxReleasedLorient
Steven TaylorReleasedPortland Timbers
Fabricio ColocciniReleasedSan Lorenzo
Andros Townsend£13MCrystal Palace
Remy Cabella£7.5MMarseille
Papiss Cisse£2.5MShandong Luneng
Gini Wijnaldum£25MLiverpool
Florian ThauvinLoan - seasonMarseille
Siem de JongLoan - seasonPSV
Kevin MbabuLoan - seasonBSC Young Boys
Henri SaivetLoan - seasonSt. Etienne
Daryl Janmaat£7.5MWatford
Tim KrulLoan - seasonAjax
Gael BigirimanaFreeCoventry City
Adam ArmstrongLoan - JanuaryBarnsley
Emmanuel RiviereLoan - seasonCA Osasuna
Jamie SterryLoan - JanuaryCoventry City
Haris VuckicLoan - JanuaryBradford City
Sammy AmeobiLoan - JanuaryBolton Wanderers
Moussa Sissoko£30MTottenham Hotspur
Transfer Fees Out£85.5M
Net Spend-£31M

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.

Comments welcome.

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

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ian Toon // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    BandB- Yes he will be disappointed but it’s the art of the possible. The one he always didn’t want to lose is Sissoko.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Aug 26, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    I have said a few times that the only player I’m disappointed has left is Townsend. Although it is only two games in, the argument that Wijnaldum only didn’t bother was because of the shyte manager and lack of ambition, he was completely invisible in a Lpool team that think they might be contenders under a top manager, what on earth makes people think that he would have rolled up his sleeves against Bristol last week, or should we have just made him stay to play against our promotion rivals at home in the summer, early autumn and spring, if Tiote leaves I will be disappointed but that’s because I’ve always liked and rated him despite his failings.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Aug 26, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    If Sissoko leaves on deadline day for 35M and Rafa says that we couldn’t get certain players over the line, we might be forgiven for thinking that Rafa was invited to a Marbella ‘nightclub’ and there are some photographs of the night in a Manilla envelope in Churnleys draw and Mikey’s lawyer’s office.

  • 4 sing in the corner // Aug 27, 2016 at 7:27 AM


    Dos Bast

    Ha ha ha

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