It’s the same old same old.
It’s Deja vu – all over again.
Reports today that Newcastle are hesitating about paying the going rate to get 27-year-old Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen through the door.
Pete Graves of Sky Sports is reporting that Feyenoord want €20M (£12.4M) for the striker with Newcastle having bid only €14M (£17.7M).
But the Chronicle are quoting those same figures – but in pounds – £14M has been bid, but Feyenoord want £20M.
As we said, it’s the same old Newcastle with Mike Ashley, the owner.
Nicolai Jorgensen – 27-year-old Feyenoord striker
Looks like Mr. Ashley would rather get a good deal (or not do business at all) and endanger Newcastle to yet another relegation.
Maybe that’s being too harsh on the owner because Feyenoord may also be “coming the game” – and trying to get too much (from a Premier League club) for their striker, who after all is untested at the highest levels.
Newcastle are said to be locked in negotiations today with Feyenoord officials, but it wouldn’t surprise us if Newcastle just walk away from the deal and go after the next striker on their list.
We may be able to survive relegation – so why not take a chance and risk it all – we could even survive – and we’d have saved all that money.
That’s the way Mike Ashley seems to think, and that’s why he a hopeless football club owner.
The truth is it’s highly likely that any striker Newcastle want this month will be overpriced – so what do we do?
This is what Sky Sports’ Pete Graves has reported about the deal on his Twitter Account and that today could be crucial in the negotiations.
— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesSky) January 23, 2018
#NUFC latest: Jorgensen remains striker priority, but last seasons Eredivisie top scorer will now cost more than 20m! Other targets being explored. Rafa and Lee Charnley expected to speak today to move forward. Player sales still unlikely at this stage, but interest in a few. 1/2
— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesSky) January 24, 2018
At some point Newcastle need to act like a big club who are ambitious – otherwise, we will end up back in the Championship.