Klaus Allofs: Bas Dost’s valuation by Newcastle is laughable

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Newcastle are attempting to sign Bas Dost from Wolfsburg.

Speaking to SoccerNews, Wolfsburg director Klaus Allofs has commented on Newcastle’s offer for Bas Dost, comparing his low valuation to the high price Liverpool paid for Roberto Firmino.

Allofs said: “I read lump sum payments from 10 to 12 million euros for Bas, but then I refer to Roberto Firmino's example and say they will have to get used to higher amounts if any club really wants to buy Dost.”

Firmino, who moved to Anfield for roughly £29 million, netted seven goals in 33 Bundesliga games last term, playing in the attacking zones.

Dost, comparably, scored a more impressive 16 goals in just 21 games, although he is a far more out-and-out striker than Firmino.

However, it is hard to argue how Firmino - just three years younger - could be worth £20 million more than Dost, who is the subject of roughly a £9 million bid from the Magpies - according to the SoccerNews report.

It is unlikely that Dost will command a £29 million fee, but Allofs’ comments suggest that he is holding out for a much higher fee than Newcastle offered. Being 26-years-old, Dost still has yet to reach his predicted peak, and he is a fully-capped Dutch international, raising his value even higher. Wolfsburg have no need to sell, being back financially by Volkswagen, and can hold out until their asking price is matched by any buying club.

It is unknown how high the Magpies will willingly offer to sign Dost, but so far their offers have not come close to Wolfsburg’s valuation for the Dutch international striker.

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