Newcastle United were linked with a move for striker Bas Dost as far back as the summer of 2012, after the Dutch striker scored 32 goals in only 34 league games in Holland for unfashionable Heerenveen, before he then moved to Wolfsburg.

Then last summer there were again repeated claims that United were going to go for Dost, the 6ft 5 striker making only 6 Bundesliga starts and another 7 as a substitute, scoring 4 league goals.

Wolfsburg were then reportedly keen to sell for £8m as they had just picked up Nicklas Bendtner on a free.

Bendtner though has only managed one league goal and been used almost exclusively as a substitute, whereas Bas Dost has scored 16 goals in total with 13 in only 14 Bundesliga matches.

Now the German media are claiming that United are going to try to buy the striker this summer, with Sport Bild reporting that both Newcastle and Southampton have registered an interest but that they would have to pay around £15m to stand a chance of signing him.

The picture is further complicated as Wolfsburg look nailed on for second place in the league as they are seven points clear of third, meaning they would be able to offer Champions League football next season.

With continuing reports that Newcastle are now scouring the Dutch and German markets for players, we await to see whether this long running Newcastle ‘chase’ for Bas Dost finally ends this summer.