Bas Dost's boss questions why the striker would move to Newcastle United

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The Wolfsburg manager feels the Dutchman would be better off staying put, but Newcastle are a famous club with a big pull of their own.

Newcastle United have been dealt a blow in their chase of Wolfsburg's Dutch striker Bas Dost, with his club manager Dieter Hecking imploring him to turn down a move due to the Magpies' slim chances of playing Champions League football in the near future, according to an interview in German publication Wolfsburger Allgemeine.

Dost, who enjoyed a purple patch after breaking into the Wolves side in December, has been heavily linked with a move to Steve McClaren's Newcastle side in the last week or two, report Sky Sports, with the giant striker the ideal focal point for the former Middlesbrough boss to build his attack around.

But Hecking drew made it clear that he thought the ex Heerenveen forward would be crazy to leave the Bundesliga for St James's Park.

"Why would he go there? He can play next season in the Champions League with us," Hecking said to Wolfsburger Allgemeine.

"He will probably [play in the Champions League] neither in this nor in the next or the next year at Newcastle."

Does Hecking have a point? Why would Dost move to Newcastle?

The German may be right on one level after Wolfsburg emerged as one of the Bundesliga's top sides last season.

But Dost himself may well feel that his position at Wolfsburg isn't guaranteed, with the side set to welcome Max Kruse from Borussia Monchengladbach this summer, especially after being on the bench for large portions of his two seasons at the club.

At Newcastle, it is likely he would be the club's main man up front, which at 26-years-old is what Dost will be looking for.

Also, Hecking may not be aware of what it's like to play at St James's Park, one of the UK's most impressive football cathedrals.

At the start of the 2000s, the Magpies were somewhat of a glamour club in English and European football, led by Newcastle natives Sir Bobby Robson as manager and talisman Alan Shearer up front.

They were very much in and around European competitions a decade ago, two seasons of which saw them involved in the Champions League on some level. But since then, there have admittedly been slim pickings for the Toon Army, with a sole Europa League appearance in eight seasons.

However, Wolfsburg haven't been regularly involved in Europe either, having sat out on continental competition in four campaigns from the last eight years.

It is hard to ignore that the Wolves are on an upward curve, but Newcastle, perhaps with Dost set to come in as their new star, are attempting to start their own improvement in fortunes.

That, coupled with the adoration of the famous Newcastle fans, may well be pretty convincing stuff in itself for the striker.

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