Newcastle were reported to have made a bid for Sporting Lisbon striker Bas Dost of £35M early last week, but it was immediately turned down by his Portuguese club.
Sporting are now said to want the full release clause of €60M (£53M) for their player and if that’s the case there is just no way Newcastle would spend £53M of their transfer funds this summer on just one player – it doesn’t make any sense.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola are now reporting that Sporting will not sell their striker to Newcastle for less than his £53million release clause.
It’s not even clear whether we bid the £35M for 28 year-old Dost or not, but that news was reported in the same newspaper last week.
Rafa wants to bring in as many as eight first team players this summer and he has a budget of maybe
£70M, plus what he can get from selling players who are no longer needed at Newcastle.
So it’s going to be another difficult and busy window for Rafa and Managing Director Lee Charnley to navigate this summer.
Bas Dost was a striker target of Newcastle a couple of years ago when he was still at Wolfsburg and the news at that time was that we bid £9M for him, but for whatever reason he did not join Newcastle.
While at Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga for four seasons from 2012 he scored 48 goals in 117 games so he can certainly score the goals.
Last term Bas had a fabulous season when he scored 36 goals in 41 games in all competitions for Sporting Lisbon.
In his career so far the 28 year-old has scored 161 goals in a total of 321 first team matches.
He only joined Sporting Lisbon for just €10M (£8.8M) last summer and the Portuguese club then put a huge buyout clause of €60M into his contract – which we assume nobody will be willing to pay.
Certainly Newcastle United aren’t.
What do you think?