At times it almost feels like Bas Dost is one of Newcastle’s former players.
So often has the Dutch striker been linked with Newcastle United and over such an extensive period of time, Bas Dost is a familiar name to most Newcastle supporters.
Looking back, the first link to the 6ft 5 striker was back in April 2012 (see below), at the time he was the latest young (22) hotshot in the Dutch league and now he is 27, literally spending almost all of his first team career being chased by Newcastle, allegedly.
With only a year left on his Wolfsburg contract and the Bundesliga club having signed striker Mario Gomez this summer, Dost is said to be available for transfer and certain to leave.
The Chronicle reported yesterday that Newcastle are in talks to sign Bas Dost and with Villa claiming they have no interest, NUFC are allegedly set to sign the striker…at last.
The local media have also claimed that the striker is a long-term target for Graham Carr who has been desperate to bring him to St James Park for years, a situation that has the alarm bells ringing as this was the case with Florian Thauvin, as Newcastle made a number of offers in the years leading up to his eventual disastrous signing.
Back in 2011/12 Bas Dost was the latest in a long line of strikers to score a hatful of goals in Dutch football, scoring 38 in total for Heerenveen.
Newcastle were busy finishing fifth in the Premier League and Newcastle were said to be ambitiously set to bring in a number of players to build on this breakthrough season, including Mathieu Debuchy (he eventually signed January 2013), plus a commanding central defender and another striker to complement Ba and Cisse – with Bas Dost one of those heavily linked.
Instead, Newcastle signed only yet another midfielder in Vurnon Anita that summer and Bas Dost signed on at Wolfsburg for around £5m.
His goals per game record in Germany is impressive but for whatever reasons he has never been regular first choice in any of his four seasons in the Bundesliga. Dost has scored 36 Bundesliga goals over the four years, starting only 51 games and as a sub in 27 others.
Bas Dost started and scored the winning goal in Wolfsburg’s first competitive match of the season, beating Frankfurt 2-1 in the DFB Pokal Cup competition first round last weekend, the Bundesliga kicking off this upcoming weekend.
Ironic if after nearly five years of allegedly trying to attract the striker when in the Premier League, Bas Dost at last signs for the club when in the Championship…
Article on The Mag 14 April 2012:
‘I’m confident that Demba is going nowhere but I think it is essential that Newcastle bring in at least one extra striker as main support to Ba and Cisse.
In an ideal world you want to find a forward that will complement what we already have and bring something else to the party – step forward Bas Dost of Dutch side Heerenveen.
The 22 year old forward has been scoring goals for fun (38 in 60 matches for his club side) and though the Dutch league is a step down…
Dost is 6ft 5 but still very mobile and on this evidence alone would cure our phobia of scoring from corners!’