Just what we didn’t want to hear is what the Chronicle are reporting today that Feyenoord boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst is expecting Newcastle’s pursuit of Danish striker Nicolai Jorgensen to go to perhaps the last day of the transfer window this Wednesday.
Feyenoord do not want to lose their striker, but they will part with him for a cool £20M, but Newcastle are still said to be £5M short with their second bid, which was reported to be £15M.
Why does it take so long for Newcastle to get a player in the transfer window, when we wait as we try to get the very best price possible – that’s a dangerous game to play these days.
Nicolai Jorgensen – why is buying him
taking so long?
This is what Giovanni van Bronckhorst has said about the possible deal:
“Could we face a situation where we lose Nicolai 24 hours before the deadline?”
“That would be tough for us.” “But crazy things happen in the last stage of the transfer window.”
“This is why we look at our own list of targets for a replacement if necessary.”
“But what makes is hard for us is that the names on our list, might not be available at such a late stage or in the winter window.”
“I don’t want to lose him at all.” “I want him to stay here and I want to keep the team together, which we have built.”
“Nicolai is an important player. He was our top scorer last season.”
“He helped us win the league for the first time in 18 years.”
“It means he had a major contribution with all his goals (he scored 21 league goals in 32 appearances).”
“When the bigger clubs from the Premier League come in, they can just take your player.”
“Their financial power is huge, so much bigger than ours.” “It is difficult to compete.”
“I know the two clubs Newcastle and Feyenoord are in contact.”
“I am waiting to hear from our Director of Football Martin van Geel if there is an update on the situation.’”
“In midweek he did not play because of a one-game suspension.’” “I knew Nicolai is being looked at by a lot of clubs.”
“As top scorer in Holland, a striker in the Danish national team, going to the World Cup, he is a player who is wanted on the international transfer market.”
“Right now I am counting on playing Nicolai on Sunday in our home game against Den Haag.”
That’s an attempt by the Feyenoord manager to hike the price of his Danish striker, but he doesn’t seem to know much about what’s going on behind the scenes.
It would not be a good sign if Jorgensen is allowed to play on Sunday.
There also seems little chance of Feyenoord buying a replacement this month unless Newcastle allow Aleksandar Mitrovic to go on loan or even swapping him for Jorgensen.
If things happen like in the past, then Newcastle will hesitate about buying Jorgensen for such a high price – a record transfer fee for Newcastle – and a club like West Brom will come in and buy him for £20M in the wink of an eye.
We have seen this picture before with Newcastle hesitating about paying out big money for a player.