Report: McClaren 'close' to first Newcastle signing, Bas Dost ready to sign

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Newcastle are reportedly closing in on the signing of Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost.

According to the Daily Mirror, Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost is closing in on a move to Newcastle United as Steve McClaren chases his first signing.

McClaren, 54, was named the new Magpies boss last week, replacing interim boss John Carver after Newcastle narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship on the final day of the Premier League season.

Now, former England manager McClaren will need a number of reinforcements in his squad, with Newcastle needing to pull themselves up the table next season.

The attack is a real concern for McClaren, and it seems that signing a target man striker is on his agenda - with Dutchman Dost allegedly close to a move to St. James' Park.

The Mirror believe that Dost, 26, is ready to pen a four-year deal on Tyneside, with the Magpies paying £9m to prise Dost away from Bundesliga giants Wolfsburg.

Dost endured a season of remarkable highs - scoring 14 goals in nine games - as well as some desperate lows, having gone 13 games with a goal after his purple patch ended, though he did end the season with 20 goals in all competitions for Wolfsburg.

That dry patch prompted Wolfsburg to snap up Borussia Monchengladbach forward Max Kruse, which appears to have made Dost available, with McClaren keen to snap him up.

Ex-Twente boss McClaren will no doubt be familiar with the ability of former Heerenveen star Dost, and it seems that he could be on the verge of a big move to Newcastle this summer.

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