Newcastle's Steve McClaren has reportedly been told to increase his offer if he wants to sign Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost this summer.
Reports suggest that Steve McClaren, who used to be in charge at the Bundesliga outfit, has been knocked back in his attempts to sign the talented striker, with "verbal bids of under £10 million" falling short of the club's valuation. Indeed, the Yorkshire man has apparently been told to forget about signing Dost on the cheap.
The German side's sporting director Klaus Allofs is quoted by the Express as saying: “I read about lump sum payments from £7.1m to £8.5m for Bas."
"But then I refer to Roberto Firmino’s example and say they [Newcastle and Dost’s other suitors] will have to get used to higher amounts if any club really wants to buy Dost."
Obviously, these quotes must be taken with a pinch of salt. Considering Firmino's move to Liverpool cost the Anfield outfit £29 million, according to the BBC, Wolfsburg's attempts to command a similar fee for Dost are likely to fall on deaf ears.
The Toon are unlikely to break the bank for a striker who is unproven in England, but one imagines that they will further their pursuit of his signature.
The Netherlands international finished the season as his side's top scorer, scoring an impressive 16 times across just 21 domestic appearances. He also fashioned a further 15 key passes, which resulted in a handy four assists. In total he directly contributed to 28% of his side's total goals; a substantial offering.