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Newcastle To Compete For January Transfer Target?

8 years ago

One of the strikers Newcastle were linked with in the January transfer window, is on the verge of joining another Premier League club, though it isn’t a done deal yet.

Sporting Lisbon, who are heavily in debt, have been forced to make a statement via the Portuguese stock market regulator, that ‘negotiations are underway’ for Dutch forward Ricky Van Wolfswinkel.

An £8.5m fee has been agreed with Norwich ahead of a proposed summer move, though Sporting are believed to be hoping other clubs may step in with a better offer.

Back in January, Netherlands based Paul Benneworth gave us this overview on Van Wolfswinkel and have a look at the video footage for a brilliant piece of skill and goal.

The final transfer rumour is for former Vitesse and FC Utrecht player Ricky van Wolfswinkel, now plying his trade in Sporting Club of Lisbon.  A proven goalscorer for all three of his professional clubs, he has been the one highlight in a disappointing 2012-13 season for the 18-times Primeira Liga winner.

Van Wolfswinkel has a strong record in European competition and was part of the FC Utrecht side that drubbed Celtic 4-0 in 2010.  A versatile player who specialises in scoring for clubs that are not playing particularly well, he seems to be precisely what we need to pull us out of the rut of the last 4 months.

Recently selected for the Dutch national side, Van Wolfswinkel’s continued maturation led Voetbal Internationaal to describe him yesterday as a player definitely ready to take the step up into the ‘big leagues’.  Whilst not working actively towards a transfer, his agent is giving strong indications that Sporting’s problems might be an ideal reason for him to take that step.

The stumbling block is the price. Sporting have set a tag of about £10m on Van Wolfswinkel, and Portuguese press sources are reporting scepticism that Newcastle will pay.  That’s a decent enough return for the club for a player that cost less than £4m eighteen months ago, and should be enough for them to find a replacement.  It compares favourably with the price we paid for Cisse last year, but the question is whether the club will stump up the cash given the bargains seemingly available just over the Channel.

The latest rumours are linking other clubs in similar positions, including Norwich, with the Sporting player, and they may be more willing than our board to pay the asking price. But at just 23 and with clear sell on potential, £10m seems a small price to pay to ensure Premiership survival.

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