Newcastle’s second bid for Nicolai Jorgensen took over a week to put together and was immediately rejected by his Feyenoord club.
Out first bid was reported to be £14M, but Feyenoord want at least £20M, so we assume our second offer was less than that.
But this is Newcastle doing their business in the transfer market.
And we have seen this before when it drags on and on, and Newcastle eventually fail to sign their man because they will not pay the going rate.
Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley – painfully slow doing transfer deals
At some point, they give up and turn to other targets.
That could happen with Jorgensen, but the problem is there are just 5 days left in this transfer window, and we must get at least one striker in if we want to ensure our survival in the Premier League come May.
They seem to be wanting to pay what the club values the player at, and that’s usually a good few million below the selling price asked by the sellers.
And under Ashley it’s almost the case that if we cannot get a good deal for a player, then we don’t do the deal.
And that’s just one reason that the transfer windows have been so frustrating for fans over the last eleven years.
It’s January, and there’s always a premium on a player in the transfer market – especially for Premier League clubs and especially those in trouble fighting relegation.
Newcastle are currently in both those categories.
Rafa wants players in as soon as possible, and if we could get Jorgensen in now, the Danish International would have a chance to be on the bench for our next league game at home to Burnley next Wednesday night.
Somehow we don’t think that’s going to happen.