Bookies make Newcastle United favourites to sign Sporting's Bas Dost; West Ham United also strong contenders

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez

Dost is an historic target for both Newcastle United and West Ham United.

Sporting CP striker Bas Dost [right]Sporting CP striker Bas Dost [right]

Bookmakers Sky Bet have installed Newcastle United as favourites to sign Sporting CP striker Bas Dost this summer.

Dost was linked with a move to St James' Park in August last year [Chronicle], but moved to Lisbon instead from Wolfsburg.

And, incredibly, the Netherlands international scored more league goals [34] than games played [31] during his maiden season in Portugal's top flight.

Sporting CP striker Bas Dost [left]Sporting CP striker Bas Dost [left]

Nevertheless, a chance to play Premier League football with Newcastle would likely appeal to Dost and Sky Bet appear to think a move could happen, offering odds of 9/4 on a deal going through before 3 September.

Newcastle aren't the only English top flight club seeking to add to their forward line however, and West Ham United [4/1] are also considered strong contenders by the bookmaker.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Like the Magpies, West Ham have also credited with interest in Dost previously [Daily Mail] although Everton, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion have all been linked more recently than that [Correio da Manha].

Dost's contract is said to contain a £50 million release clause, however Sporting could still sell the 28-year-old for less than that amount.

Should Newcastle United and West Ham United make moves for Bas Dost this summer?

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch