Lee Ryder conducted an interesting Q&A with Chronicle readers today, and one of the things Lee was asked about was about Sporting Lisbon striker Bas Dost.
Bas was the sixth Sporting player to lodge legal action against Sporting Lisbon this week, after being attacked by fans during training in mid-May.
Dost has made a move to become a free agent and be released from his contract at Sporting Lisbon.
But this saga could drag on and on in the courts.
And since the Sporting Lisbon hierarchy are furious they could lose so many good players, they will be dragging their feet as much as possible this summer to delay the moves of any of the six players.
Bas Dost – Newcastle no longer interested
However, this thing is likely to be slow moving with no quick decision on the cases likely.
Lee Ryder has said it doesn’t look like Rafa is interested in going after Bas Dost this summer and the Spaniard has other striker targets he is interested in.
And news today that Burnley have made a £25M double sweep for West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez and center-back Craig Dawson.
Newcastle have been linked with Dawson this summer, and the 28-year-old defender would add some experience to Newcastle’s back line.
But with Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejeune and Ciaran Clark all getting good experience in the Premier League last season – experience may not be such a high priority for Rafa this summer.
Clark also played 134 Premier League games for Aston Villa before arriving on Tyneside two years ago for a paltry £5M – a bargain for Newcastle.
Former Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez used to play for Burnley his hometown club before he left for the Saints back in 20012.
He’s an average type of striker, and we have never been linked with the striker since Rafa arrived at the club.
But two targets we have been linked with – Bas Dost and Craig Dawson – now look unlikely to arrive the summer.