The Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hecking has laughed off the idea of Bas Dost giving Newcastle United the time of day.

Speaking to Wolfsburger Allgemeine, Hecking pointed out the all too obvious – Wolfsburg offering Champions League football in three months time whilst the Bundesliga boss questions exactly when Newcastle could offer that.

“Why should he go to Newcastle? He can play Champions League with us and he won’t be able to do that at Newcastle in the upcoming years.”

“We do not want to sell anybody.”

The speculation regarding Bas Dost and Newcastle United has always had two big questions marks from the start.

Firstly, why would the Dutch striker choose to leave a Wolfsburg team that are on the up after finishing second and can offer the chance to play in the World’s top cup competition? Especially to leave for a club like Newcastle who show absolutely no ambition under Mike Ashley.

Secondly, why would Wolfsburg be trying to sell someone who was easily their top scorer last season?

Bas Dost scored 16 Bundesliga goals despite starting only 17 games, with the next highest scorer being midfielder Kevin de Bruyne who scored 10 league goals.

Plus, the only other out and out striker on the German club’s books last season was Nicklas Bendtner who managed only a single league goal from 18 appearances as a starter and as a sub.

I suppose the third massive question mark would have been exactly how we would have expected Mike Ashley to pay the going rate for a striker who is on the up and just scored a bucket load of goals in the space of a few months?