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Newcastle Priced Out Of Moves For Bundesliga Strikers – Report

In Callum Wilson, Newcastle have a quality striker who is a reliable source of goals. The 29-year-old was named Newcastle’s Player of the Season after banging in 12 goals and adding 5 assists during his inaugural campaign.

Wilson’s arrival was outside Mike Ashley’s strict transfer policy of only paying money for players under the age of 27. Ashley sanctioned the £20m move and it paid off big time last season.

As has been the case for the past few years, Newcastle are again in the hunt for a striker this summer. The futures of both Dwight Gayle and Andy Carroll are uncertain at the moment. Gayle has reportedly agreed on a new 3-year-deal while Carroll is mulling over the offer of a one-year extension.

Even if both strikers sign on the dotted line, Newcastle will still need at least one more forward in the door. Gayle’s contract offer serves two purposes. He’s a decent back up striker when fit and if a suitable offer comes in for him, Newcastle can get a decent fee.

Carroll’s days as a starting Premier League player are likely over. The bruising striker does provide some value in the dressing room and as a late-match substitute. Though if the Premier League reduces the number of players on the bench this season, he probably struggles to make the matchday squad.

Sasa Kalajdzic– Newcastle priced out of move

What Newcastle need is another goal scorer in the ranks. They cost money. Something which Steve Bruce has precious little of this summer. The Athletic, in their scouting guide for Euro 2020, have named two internationals that Newcastle have tracked but just can’t afford.

Early last summer, Newcastle were briefly linked with an interest in Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst. The Dutch international fit the bill as a goal machine. Heading into last season, he had scored 38 goals in two seasons with the Bundesliga club.

According to The Athletic, last summer Newcastle along with Tottenham made preliminary advances for the Dutchman. Nothing further materialized and the 6’6″ target nan stayed with Wolfsburg firing them into the Champions League.

He had an outstanding season bagging 25 goals and 9 assists in 41 appearances. Wolfsburg won’t stand in his way of a move to another club but it would take £25m to start negotiations. Even if Newcastle had that to spend, Weghorst probably wouldn’t trade in Champions League football.

The other striker Newcastle reportedly really admire is Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic. He’s another giant standing 6’7″ and is more of a realistic target than Weghorst. Kalajdzic turns 24 in July while Weghorst will be 29 when the season kicks off.

He has just 2 years remaining on his contract and Stuttgart are bracing themselves for offers this summer. The Austrian international is being tracked by Everton, Tottenham, and West Ham for a potential move this summer.

Newcastle are basically ruled out of the running as he would command a fee similar to Weghorst’s. Kalajdzic’s stock has soared after scoring 17 goals this past season. He missed much of the previous one with a serious knee injury.

So Newcastle’s limited budget will force Bruce to look at free agents or loan signings to get in another forward. Josh King seems like a perfect fit despite not being a guarantee for goals. There should also be some potential loan opportunities by the start of the season.

167 comments so far

  • Dondatta13

    Jun 10, 2021 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #161

    Morning Mund lad…

    I’m just a little rough around the edges today lol.

    Thanks for the welcome back but, truth be told I’m always dipping in and out here. Sometimes I post, sometimes I just read and sometimes I take a couple of weeks sabbatical. It’s been that way since the week this blog started…

    But cheers all the same 🙂

  • Adamn_92

    Jun 10, 2021 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #162


    Oh for sure, there could be a million and one reasons for it. At the end of the day a bookies job is to make as much money as they can. That’s why I find it interesting, suspending bets on Rafa to Everton specifically, is essentially closing that revenue for income. They wouldn’t do that if they didn’t feel there’s a strong possibility of it happening. So my guess would be they’ve been tipped off or seen information they believe holds weight enough to close that income avenue, so they don’t take a hit from it.

    Their information could easily just be as credible or uncredible as anyone elses though, so will just have to see how it develops. Think this gives the Rafa to Everton possibility a lot more legs though.

  • geordietom

    Jun 10, 2021 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #163

    I think if offered RAFA would take the everton job , he’d be home most nights with his family and dogs , the only thing that might stop him taking it would be his liverpool connection …

  • Mund

    Jun 10, 2021 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #164


    You are welcome mate 🙂

    We feeling a bit ropey are we 😎

  • Dondatta13

    Jun 10, 2021 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #165

    Just for anyone interested…

    That Haig Club Countryman whisky I mentioned last night…

    Usual price £35 a litre…

    Asda currently has it on sale at £20 a litre! 🙂 I had to go to a larger store to get some though.

  • Dondatta13

    Jun 10, 2021 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #166

    Mund, Just a tad mate haha

    My last post might explain why 😉

  • JohnJ

    Jun 10, 2021 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #167


    Jun 9, 2021 at 11:07 PM
    Comment #62

    JohnJ, have you tried them? Or is it just a bit of old fashioned prejudice? ?
    Blackbush is my top favoured Whiskey – My sister gets out to Portugal when there’s no restrictions and she brings me back a Litre Bottle – it’s lush!
    I also like other Irish Whiskies But not the one 007 drinks!

    I also love JW Black Lable JW red Label is also good but not as good as Black Label.

    Magicmac @ 72

    No sadly I didn’t get a bottle of Bushmills when I was at the distillery but I did get a couple of free tots – each visitor got one free tot but my wife doesn’t drink Whiskey/Whisky! Lucky me!

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