The Chronicle has reported that Newcastle United will make fresh efforts to work out a deal for Wolfsburg forward Bas Dost at some point this week.
The 26-year-old attacker is named as a priority target for the Magpies in the paper’s report, but a move to the North East of England is not reported as one of the player’s main priorities.
Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has obvious connections at the German club due to his former spell as manager and the Chronicle suggests that he will be talking to his connections at some point over the next five days.
Is Dost a player that Newcastle need?
It’s arguable that the Newcastle attack really struggled at times last season, especially over the difficult run towards the end of the season.
Dost would be a fresh and exciting option and he’d be someone that few of Newcastle’s Premier League rivals would know a great deal about.
He’d have that element of a surprise factor, which McClaren could use to his advantage to reinvent the attack.
How much would he cost?
The Chronicle suggests that a fee in the region of £12 million will be needed to force through any deal.
That’s something that Newcastle can definitely afford but it’s also a fee that plenty of German clubs could also afford.