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Newcastle Likely To Make A Strong Move For Prolific Former Striker Target

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 is that we bid £9M for him but for whatever reason he did not join Newcastle.

Last year he joined Sporting Lisbon for €10M (£8.7M) and the Portuguese club then put a rather silly buyout clause of €60M into his contract – which nobody will be willing to go anywhere near – so not sure why some clubs do that.

Newcastle are currently favourites on SkyBet to sign Bas Dost, with other clubs such as West Ham, Everton, Stoke City and West Brom all being linked with the player this summer.

Bas Dost – 36 goals in 41 appearances for Sporting last season

Being favorites to sign a player in truth doesn’t mean too much, but since we were interested in signing the player a couple of years ago and he may even come fairly cheap (hopefully) – he could even be a decent option if Rafa Benitez rates him as a player.

But in any case here’s the current voting on SkyBet for Bas:

Newcastle 9/4
West Ham 4/1
Southampton 14/1
Everton 16/1

While at Sporting the massive 6ft 5ins striker scored 36 goals in 41 total appearances in his maiden season for the Portuguese club, so it’s small wonder he is attracting great interest in England.

So maybe he will not come cheap in the transfer market this summer – not with those stats.

He was at Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga for four seasons from 2012 and he scored 48 goals in 117 games so he can certainly score the goals.

Newcastle need a proven goalscorer like Dost for nest season, but the big question seems to be how much would Sporting want for him  this summer.

Since he has been so prolific in Portugal  we could get a very big surprise with the transfer fee they will be demanding to let him go this summer and the cards all seem to be in the hands of the Lisbon club.

Buy it looks like we will need to splash the cash at some point this summer on a big player like Dost.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


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39 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 17, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Sounds like there’s a bit of light at the end of the tunnel for you, here’s hoping for the best cos I’m looking forward to reading your blog for a long time yet, especially when the headline is ‘Newcassel premier league champions.’

  • Dr. Ed Harrison

    Jun 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Essex Geordie Bill – thanks – yes same here – I’ve already got that headline ready for an article!!!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #3

    After watching the U21 game I have to say I wasn’t overly impressed with Abraham, I reckon we already had a better player than him in Sammy. Still what do I know about football after only 65 years of supporting the Toon.

  • RolandoOverhead

    Jun 17, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Bas Dost is an absolute beast, physically imposing, intelligent, a great header of the ball and I think he’d flourish in the EPL.
    If Tammy Abrahams is bags of potential, Bas Dost is what that potential could become.

  • lesh

    Jun 17, 2017 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #5


    A serious question……. Might you have been in Newcastle a couple of weeks ago and attended a bash near the,Central Station?

  • Oldgit1

    Jun 17, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6

    I would be more than happy for Rafa to promote Armstrong and Headman as our strikers than take Tammy who, the longer this goes on is turning into a prat. I want players to play and be proud to put on our shirt.
    I understand that Rafa wants to leave the signing of a CF until we have big money next year so he can concentrate on other positions. Ie CM, AM and a LB.
    here’s an idea why not keep Mitro and see if he can improve, at least he wants to be at the club and will give his all for the club.

  • Oldgit1

    Jun 17, 2017 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #7

    @ RolandoOverhead not keen on going back for players that have previously turned us down. Don’t think he is the type of forward that Rafa wants.
    It appears the media are just going through the motions of making up stories and dragging up players we were linked to years ago.
    Weren’t we in for Rooney before he joined Manu ? Waiting for the rumours to start.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 17, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Thanks for posting the link Ed. Really appreciated mate.

    You can also click on my name and that will also take you straight to the donation page. All proceeds got to Cancer Research to help beat Cancer!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 17, 2017 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Thank you for your Donation Ed. 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 17, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Not not guilty mate, what was it about?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 17, 2017 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #11

    From what I’ve seen of Bas Dost in the Bundesleague highlights show I haven’t been that impressed.
    But Has he turned us down? Not sure that we have ever seriously put in a bid for him, he’s the same as with other supposed links, speculation.

  • lesh

    Jun 17, 2017 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #12

    Essex Geordie Bill

    Ah, so it wasn’t you, the handsome young buck who was interviewed by BBC Look North TV on June 4th.

    I was a ‘Red Spot,Baby’, part of the 1000 Family Survey which held a 70th birthday gathering of the participants it’s managed to keep in touch with. The Beeb interviewed a guy who’d attended and was born in Newcastle but had since decamped to Essex. Mind you he didn’t look 70 but was eloquent, sophisticated and charming. I trust you understand why I thought it might be you!

  • lesh

    Jun 17, 2017 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #13


    When Rooney was at Everton, his agent, Paul Stretford had his office in SJP, when Freddy was Chairman. Now I’m not suggesting fir one minute that our then bid for Rooney was anything but genuine and prompted a high bid from ManU……..

  • ToonRich

    Jun 17, 2017 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Someone mentions Bas Dost last night and all of a sudden we’re in for him?!!!

    I’ll mention: Barkley, Rooney, Ronaldo, Denis Suarez, Renato Sanchez…lets see some posts on these guys too 😉

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 17, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Would love Bas Dost at NUFC. This guy knows where the goal is unlike a certain Serb. Very prolific and would take the prem by storm in my eyes, obviously with the right service from the wings.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 17, 2017 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m a tad older than 70 I’m afraid, but yes that does sound like a perfect description of me. 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 17, 2017 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Barkley would be a great signing but I think he is on Conte’s shopping so no hope there, Ronaldo on the other hand!!! 😉

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 17, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Ronaldo is nailed on Bill. He loved working with Rafa at Real! 🙂

  • Toondog2

    Jun 17, 2017 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Lesh and Essex,
    That was me wandering about looking for the New Orleans Jazz club behind the central station
    Trouble is it’s gone nobody told me

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 17, 2017 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #20


    Last time I went back to Dunston a couple of years ago I didn’t recognise the place, took me some time to work out where I needed to be.

    Mind you it did look a bit like a place out of a Zombie film, people are still genuine and friendly though.

  • AncientC

    Jun 17, 2017 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #21

    “Would love Bas Dost at NUFC. This guy knows where the goal is unlike a certain Serb.”

    Bas Dost scored 12 goals in his first 2 seasons at Wolfsburg.

    Isn’t is strange how age never counts on Mitrovic’s side, but when you compare Mitrovic to other players when they were the same age, he isn’t behind. No lesson to be learned here whatsoever.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 17, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #22


    How many turned up for that bash and how many were expatriates.

    Bet there were some interesting chats going on!

  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 17, 2017 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #23

    Ancient…A valid point, but I suppose it comes down to what we need now, not potential down the line.

    You can’t compare the two, as they are at very different stages of their careers.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 17, 2017 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #24

    There’s several players who seem to be constantly written off before they’ve even really started their careers, Armstrong is a another example.

  • AncientC

    Jun 17, 2017 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Ibizatoon, exactly the point I was making. It is foolish to compare Bas Dost and Mitrovic due to the difference in their age/progress.

  • davo

    Jun 17, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Great to hear from you Dr Ed.
    I’m so grateful for the work you do with this blog.i hope your doing as well as possible, keep fighting.?

  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 17, 2017 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #27

    Ancient…You were responding to another posters point, which is that Mitrovich doesn’t score enough goals (in the here and now), which you took exception to due to his age. Maybe the posters point had nothing to do with age, which was my point.

    It’s all getting a pit pointy 🙂

  • magpie6699

    Jun 17, 2017 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Just seen that John Beresford has been awarded an MBE for his anti-racism work. Well done, Johnny!

  • AncientC

    Jun 17, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #29

    “Maybe the posters point had nothing to do with age, which was my point.”

    But my point did.

  • AncientC

    Jun 17, 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #30

    The same poster would have been calling for Bas Dost and Robin Van Persie to be replaced at the same stages in their careers with Wolfsburg & Arsenal. Guess what happened in their third seasons at step-up clubs.

  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 17, 2017 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Ancient…I get that and was responding to that very point (I believe I even called it valid) and then expanded it.

    Do you think we need a new ready made goal scorer going into the new season? If so, do you think the new striker should be replacing one of our current lot, and if so, which one?

  • AncientC

    Jun 17, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Ibiza, the club almost certainly needs a proven goalscorer, I just do not believe the funds are there to buy one. Mitrovic being sold on an installment plan isn’t going to raise the required funds, or even come close. It is at the Manager’s discretion (we hope), but unless the club can get full whack for Mitrovic up front and buy better, I do not see the point. Obviously Gayle will not be going anywhere after the season he has just had.

    Can you see any realistic replacements with a proven record that could come in and replace Mitrovic, especially with the financial constraints on the club?

  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 17, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Ancient…Personally, I don’t want to speculate on what funds are available. I simply don’t have a clue. If, as recently reported, we made a bid of £20m for Tom Cairney in January, I’d imagine there are funds available to buy a striker that we need.

    I get where you’re coming from with Mitrovich, in an ideal world, I’d hold on to him for a while, however, I don’t think he features too highly in Rafas plans, and due to his potential / age, he’s probably going to be one of the players we can get most for.

    I’m running with the idea that Rafa has a fair bit of influence at the club and as such, I am fairly relaxed about the window.

    If we’re going to go forward with potential players, then we may as well keep Mitrovich, as he has bags of it, but that wasn’t the basis of this discussion.

  • AncientC

    Jun 17, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Ibizatoon, I believe you are slightly confused. I did not state that Bas Dost wouldn’t be a great signing. I pointed out that the comparison between the two is too early, and that Mitrovic is where Bas Dost was at the same stage in his career… meaning that Mitrovic may be about to come good this coming season. I at no point stated the club does not need a proven goalscorer – which I believe is what you were angling at, as the “basis of discussion.”

  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 17, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Ancient…It certainly wouldn’t be the first time I’ve become confused, but not sure I am in this particular case.Perhaps we’re both guilty of assuming the others position.

    I took your original post to mean that we should keep Mitrovich, due to the fact that when comparing established players when they were of a similar age, he stands up.

    My only point has been about whether that is good enough for now, or whether we need that ready made goal scorer now, which is what I believe JP’s point was in the first place (again, may be incorrectly assuming).

    To be clear, all I meant by the “basis of discussion” was whether Das Bost would be a better goalscorer than Mitrovich, nothing to do with whether you thought we needed a goal scorer or not, that question came later. I’m not trying to trip you up.

    Although, I will add, there definitely are some posters who have completely written the lad off already, which is imo, silly.

    I hadn’t realised your original post implied that this season could perhaps be the changing year for Mitrovich.

  • TudorCrisps

    Jun 17, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Essex geordie bill

    Are you a fellow dunstonian?

    I know the place has changed a great deal since they knocked down the tower block, hence my name Tudor crisps.

    Don’t know if you remember the advert for Tudor crisps back in the day when the young lad says he’d climb the tower for a canny bag of Tudor

  • Phil K

    Jun 17, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #37

    “Ancient C” -= Dost scored 36 in 85 games for Wolfsburg. Hardly poor. And I note you ignore his previous club and present club goal scoring record. MORE than one a game for his current club – which is where we get a better take on what he can do – not 6 years ago. And his previous club was 45 in 66 too.
    Your input is similar to your political one – ignore the parts which are inconvenient, and focus on the tiny part that maybe isn’t (especially with a little bit of omission of parts)

  • U.S Magpie

    Jun 18, 2017 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #38

    U.S Magpie
    Jun 18, 2017 at 12:40 AM
    So WTF is going on at Newcastle, we were linked with this player a month ago and this was reported on Sky Sports. Striker Sandro Ramirez is poised for a move to Everton after they met his buy-out clause of 6m euros (£5.24m) from Malaga. So lets get this straight, this kid would have cost us 6m Euros? Sorry but now this transfer window is officially once again the biggest joke in football with Newcastle Leading the way.


    Jun 18, 2017 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #39

    As an overseas follower ( NL ), i believe we have tried a few times to sign Bas Dorst and be did,nt come! We keep getting Screwed by Players agents and need someone to start playing Hardball with these people! There are a host of players who we almost signed only to be disapponted at the last moment! Bony and Loic Remy come to mind at the moment ! I trust Rafa i really do but any deals made have to be under the radar of the Press and a lot of fans are fickle and want instant success! This aint gonna happen! I am no fan of Bas Dorst because of the fact that he snubbed us a few years ago. Its the same story with the kid Abraham from Chelsea, if he has to think twice about a. choice. between Newcastle, Arnhem Vitesse or Brighton ? then i,me not sure if i would want him playing for us? I draw comparisons with Patrick van Aanholt who we did have for a while but ended up at Palace via Vitesse and The Scum The Toffees paid 27 Million Euro,s to Ajax for Klaassen last week! Feyenoord are busy. closing a deal eith Robin van Persie fo next season! This whole transfer story is all very tiring . Every window the rest take action, strengthen and we stand still and after a lot of Bull from Press and Agents making a Buck we get Screwed! Sound Familiar !!!


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