Wolfsburg’s Klaus Allofs has confirmed that Borussia Dortmund have registered an interest in striker Bas Dost.
The Bundesliga’s Sporting Director has told the German media that Dortmund had been in touch asking about the 6ft 5 forward’s availability.
Whilst we wait and see whether Newcastle have serious interest in the Dutch striker, it does appear that Wolfsburg are interested in selling the forward. By going public on the interest from Borussia Dortmund, it does appear to be a calculated attempt to hike up interest and the price ahead of a sale this summer.
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.
However, despite repeated claims of a move to Newcastle edging ever closer in the media, there has been no sign of any real substance, despite claims that United were putting in a £9m offer.
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.
Yesterday saw an amusing diversion with a Newcastle fan making changes to Bas Dost’s Wiki page which you can see HERE.