According to a recent report from the Daily Mirror, Newcastle are set to miss out on Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, with the youngster instead choosing to join Swansea City on a season-long loan.
While the apparent snub will be a bitter blow for Rafa Benitez, he should perhaps look at the forward's decision as an opportunity to switch his attention to a striker he wanted in 2016 and who went on to score a staggering 34 goals in the Portuguese top flight during the past campaign.
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez
The Chronicle reported back in August last year that the Magpies had begun talks with Bas Dost about a potential move. A deal obviously never materialised, but after his year with Sporting Lisbon, Benitez surely has to reignite his interest as he could be a fantastic signing for the club.
As mentioned, Dost scored 34 times in the league in just 31 matches, and has previously been a regular goalscorer in both the Bundesliga and Eredivisie, so it would hardly be a surprise if the 28-year-old was able to make a major impact in the Premier League if someone handed him the chance.
It would, of course, probably cost a sizeable amount of money for Newcastle to complete a deal as the Netherlands international has surely made himself indispensable during his year in Portugal, but that would arguably make a signing an even greater signal of intent from Benitez's men.
And if they do pursue a deal and Dost is capable of finding the back of the net anywhere near as regularly as he has done with Sporting, then Newcastle fans will surely have absolutely no problem with Abraham's decision to head elsewhere this summer.
Sporting CP striker Bas Dost [right]