Newcastle United are making a £9m offer for Bas Dost according to various newspaper claims this morning.
It appears to be The Mirror who were first to carry the story and they say that the Wolfsburg striker is going to sign a four year deal to seal his move to Tyneside.
The day after Steve McClaren was officially appointed Newcastle United Head Coach last Wednesday Dutch daily newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, reported that he had already held talks with the Dutch forward over a proposed move.
Bas Dost actually joined Wolfsburg only a year after Steve McClaren’s ill-fated short stay at the Bundesliga came to an abrupt end following only 9 months in the job.
Newcastle of course have long been linked with the striker, right back to when he scored 32 goals in 34 league games for Heerenveen which got him his £6m move to Germany in summer 2012.
Used sparingly in his first two seasons, Bas Dost scored 12 goals in 26 starts over the two years as he struggled to hold down a regular first team spot.
Last season looked to be heading the same way until he eventually made his first start of the season on 14 December 2014 and went on an impressive run, scoring 16 Bundesliga goals in only 17 starts.
The last year saw Bas Dost score 20 goals despite starting only 23 (plus 8 as a sub) matches in all competitions, which included a goal in the German Cup final victory against Borussia Dortmund.
That capped a very good year for Wolfsburg who thanks in large part to Bas Dost’s goals, went on a great run that lifted them to second place and Champions League football next season.
The striker’s form also earned him a call up to the Dutch national team in March this year when he made two brief appearances as a sub, though he was overlooked in last week’s squad for the games against USA and Latvia.
Newcastle have long been linked with the striker and it would be a major departure to recent years if United were to bring in a 6ft 5 forward.
Bas Dost goal record overall in club football (all competitions):
Heracles – Played 53 (plus 12 as sub) scored 19
Heerenveen – Played 63 (plus 10 as sub) scored 52
Wolfsburg – Played 40 (plus 24 as sub) scored 29
Overall – 156 starts (plus 46 as sub) scored 100