Newcastle United’s pursuit of Nicolai Jorgensen continues.
On Thursday it was revealed by Dutch media just how far apart the valuations of Feyenoord and Newcastle were (see below), with Telesport and De Telegraaf both reporting that Newcastle had offered just over £12m for a striker who the Dutch club value at £10m more.
Feyenoord are said to be in a healthy position financially and have no desperate need to sell the 27 year old Danish international.
Over in Holland, Voetbal International have now revealed that an improved Newcastle has been made, but just like the first one it has been instantly rejected as nowhere near good enough.
Voetbal International don’t give details of exactly how much extra Newcastle were offering – but clearly nowhere close to the much hyped leak to the English media, when it was claimed Mike Ashley was backing Rafa Benitez with funds to buy a ‘£20m striker’.
Feyenoord may be saying they want £22m but surely anything getting close to the £20m figure will be successful, for a player they paid less than £3m for, only 18 months ago.
Interestingly, Voetbal International have asked Dutch football fans whether it would be a good idea for Feyenoord to cash in on the striker this month and so far 1,761 have voted, with 1,049 saying yes and 712 no, a 60% result in favour of selling.
As to whether Mike Ashley should make good on his leaked promise to back Rafa Benitez with a ‘£20m striker’ to help see off relegation, the yes vote would be somewhat higher than any 60%.
The Mag – Thursday 25 January 2018:
Nicolai Jorgensen is the striker Rafa Benitez wants to spearhead his relegation battle.
However, what chance has the Newcastle manager got of landing his top target in the January window?
Before it was revealed who Rafa wanted, Mike Ashley’s PR people briefed the media that Newcastle were preparing to spend £20m on a mystery new forward, with Ashley allegedly prepared to ‘back’ his manager.
In the event, an offer has been made by NUFC for Nicolai Jorgensen but it was way off that hyped up £20m mark, with various reports in the UK putting it at somewhere between £12m and £14m.
However, the media in Holland have now revealed just how far apart the two clubs actually are in their valuations of the Danish striker.
Figures which put Newcastle around £10m short of the Dutch club’s valuation.
Having paid FC Copenhagen €3.5m (£3m) only 18 months ago, Feyenoord are looking for a profit of over €20m (approx £17m/£18m).
Whilst the two clubs are miles apart on a transfer fee, if agreement could be found then wages should be no issue, as the Dutch media say that a move to Newcastle would see the striker’s wages at least double in size.
The ball very much appears to be in Newcastle’s court because Feyenoord are also reported to be very stable financially and not desperate to sell, despite only being in fifth place in the league and looking to have no chance of Champions League football/cash next season.