There’s a report in Marca today that Sevilla, Everton and Newcastle are interested in Sporting Lisbon star striker Bas Dost – with Newcastle reported to be very interested.
Newcastle have been interested in signing Bas Dost for a few years now, and there was news this summer that Rafa is still interested in signing the 6ft 5ins Sporting Lisbon striker.
The primary barrier to signing the Netherlands International has been the fee – with the release clause in his contract set at €60M.
Newcastle cannot afford anywhere near that amount.
But after the fans attacked the Sporting Lisbon players after training last month (and Dost was one of the ones injured), some of his team-mates have already left the club.
Bas Dost – 29-year-old Sporting Lisbon striker
There have been some hints that he may be able to force his way out of the club on a free transfer – but we very much doubt that can happen.
Dost does seem determined to leave the Lisbon club this summer though.
In April, Sporting’s President, Bruno De Carvalho openly criticized his players for their lack of effort and professionalism in losing 2-0 at Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals – and that was not well received by the players.
If Dost is available on a free transfer then Newcastle would be interested, but so would a host of other big clubs, so it would still be difficult to attract the player.
He joined Sporting Lisbon from Wolfsburg two years ago for a fee of just €12M (£10.5M), and he scored 34 goals in 48 total appearances for the Lisbon club last season.
It would be fabulous if we can lure the Netherlands star to Newcastle – but it still looks a long shot – even if he does become a free agent.