Newcastle United were linked with Bas Dost back in the summer of 2012 when playing for Heerenveen and since his move to Wolfsburg the speculation has resurfaced a number of times.

Yesterday, Sport Bild reported in Germany that both Newcastle and Southampton had expressed interest in signing the Dutch striker who recently broke into the Dutch squad and came on as a sub against Turkey on Saturday, on the back of some stunning recent goalscoring form.

The forward has had a strange season, often not even making the squad, Bas Dost only made six appearances and scoring two league goals before the German Bundesliga went into its winter break.

However, recalled to the team to face Bayern Munich at the end of January, the Dutch striker has not looked back. He scored twice against the Champions elect and proceeded to score a remarkable 11 goals in only 6 Bundesliga games in the space of a month.

Dost’s goals have propelled Wolfsburg into clear second place and almost certain Champions League football next season.

However, the 6ft 5 striker is very likely to still move in the summer, with England said to be his preferred destination.

Bas Dost saying that whilst the last couple of months have been great for him and the team, he isn’t forgetting how he was shunned before then.

Speaking to Dutch radio station RTV Drenthe, when asked about the transfer speculation from Newcastle, Southampton and others, Bas Dost said:

“It all looks nice now but I won’t forget the period before the December 6.

“I had to spend long hours in the stand and I will definitely weigh in that period when I make my choice about the future.”

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