Whilst Newcastle were picking up a point at Crystal Palace, Nicolai Jorgensen and Feyenoord were losing 1-0 at mid-table team VVV-Venlo.

With 13 matches to go, Feyenoord are in a very distant fourth, a massive 19 points behind leaders PSV and 12 behind second placed Ajax, seven behind AZ Alkmaar.

They obviously have no chance of the title and no realistic chance either of qualifying for the Champions League next season either.

Sunday was the first game since the closing of the January transfer window and Nicolai Jorgensen was predictably quizzed on the failed move to Newcastle United.

The Danish striker has failed to score in the matches since the end of the winter break and never looked like doing so yesterday, replaced late on for the final eight minutes by the veteran Robin van Persie.

In one interview, Nicolai Jorgensen claims that a January move to Newcastle ‘was never really close’, presumably due to Mike Ashley refusing to go anywhere close to the £20m Feyenoord valuation, even though his PR people had pushed out the story that Ashley was set to back Rafa Benitez with a ‘£20m striker’.

Jorgensen says that he left the transfer negotiations to his agent and his club and admits that it was all a bit unsettling, as ‘you try to focus, but you are also a little bit confused’.

The Danish international makes it absolutely clear though that he is determined to move to the Premier League and believes it is ‘a dream for every footballer’.

It looks odds on that Nicolai Jorgensen will be the latest striker with an impressive record in Holland to try his luck in England next season.

For Newcastle fans the questions are whether Rafa can perform a minor miracle after such minimal backing from Ashley and keep Newcastle up, will he then sell the club, and will whoever is in charge, properly back Rafa Benitez in the transfer market and finally break the 13 year old club transfer record on Jorgensen or whoever.

Nicolai Jorgensen talking to NOS:

“It (possible move to Newcastle) was more of a matter for my agent and the club (Feyenoord).

“You hear a lot, you try to focus, but you are also a little bit confused.

“As long as I am here I give everything and  I am happy here, I am proud to play for Feyenoord.

“When that day comes (for a move elsewhere), it is apparently the right time.

“It is a dream for every footballer to play in the Premier League and if I keep working hard, there will be a club.

“I can compete in another league and I think I am ready for that next step, but for now I am at Feyenoord.”

Nicolai Jorgensen speaking to RTV Rijnmond:

“It (a move to Newcastle) was never really close (in January).

“The first week though training (with Robin van Persie)…that was weird, very crazy.

“I striker who’s been in the world’s top ten over the last decade – I was nervous.

“Now I want to learn from him as he has so much quality.”

  • TheNutJob

    click bait, we were never going to sign the lad. their value £20m, Penfold offers £12m

    • Arty Hume

      Have to say hes not pulling up trees this year in his own league, premiership is a big jump up so for me not particularly bothered, judge him at the end of the season. IMHO as he is untried in the EPL it would have been a huge gamble to take him and our valuation if it was £12m was probably about right. They wanted to screw us over similar to Mash wanting to screw PCP over, just my take on it.

    • Rich Lawson

      He isn’t even worth 12,they bought him for tuppence and then tried to take the p##s because of all the percieved ”Sky Money” (the new bitcoin) the English Prem’ have.

      • TheNutJob

        that`s the point i`m making, he isn`t worth the money but we had no intention of signing him anyway

        • Rich Lawson

          Got it.

        • Geordiegiants

          A bit like the Berahino bid?

          • StevieB

            Dodged a bullet there as well

          • Geordiegiants

            Your not kidding, the thing is West Brom had already knocked back a bid of £23m for him, so West Brom were never ever gonna sell him.

          • mentalman

            what about the rooney bid many moons ago

          • Geordiegiants

            That was FFS being used by his agents that.

      • Jezza

        The only person taking the p**s in this debacle was Ashley. He leaked it to his friends in the media that NUFC were signing an un-named striker for a club record fee, then when the truth came out it transpired that NUFC were not prepared to pay anywhere close to a club record fee to sign that striker.

      • Paul Busby

        You mean that money that all the other clubs have been spending?

        I find it strange when people think that somehow NUFC are special, and we shouldn’t have to pay the same inflated figures that literally every other club has to play.

        This is just the way it is, whether we, or more importantly Cashely, like it or not.

    • Mark Potter

      Their value 20 million EUROS, our offer 15 million EUROS. Rafa was reluctant to go beyond that for a player with no Premiership experience.

  • Rich Lawson

    Lucky escape,Kenedy looks a great signing already,just needs to get his fitness as does Slimani then we should start seeing a better (winning) forward line in the last part of the season.

    • steveS100

      We are going to need someone to score. Our top scorer has managed 4 goals with more than 2/3 of the season gone!!

      • Rich Lawson

        Slimani will be top scorer by end of season,just waiting for BetVictor to get back to me with the odds.

        • Wor Lass

          Ask Leazes – he`s got a direct line to Head Office.

          • Rich Lawson

            Might he be on any of the adverts soon then ?

      • John

        He barely scores in one of the easiest league in Europe so how is he worth £20m

        • Jezza

          He was top scorer in The Netherlands last season and Rafa thinks he’s worth £20 million.

          • Geordiegiants

            Still wouldn’t fancy him myself, just going off old dutch signings. Slimani appeals to me more, lets just hope he does the business.

          • Much rather have him than Benteke/Chicharito overpaid wasters.

          • Geordiegiants

            They both have prem pedigree but it’s just not happening for either now.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I’m with you GG, if we got this guy at £18m and passed on Slimani because the asking price (as it actually was in the first two weeks of Jan) was £25m, I suspect most on here would say we went for the inferior cheap option.

            In January, I really think we got the the best available option.

          • Geordiegiants

            I think the loan is a better option as well, hopefully we will be sold at the end of the season and Rafa can bring in who he really wants instead of scraping the barrel for players.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            There is a danger this agreeing with me becomes a habit!!!!

          • Geordiegiants

            Don’t worry Bobbi, there isn’t much more I agree with you about. 🤔

          • mentalman

            reports are saying rafa was reluctant to go over 15million

          • Jezza

            Nonense. Rafa wanted the club to pay the asking price for the player he had indentified as his number priority signing of the January window.

    • He could have won us both Burnley and Palace games, that alone would have made the 20m worth it. Don’t see how we dodged a bullet there.

  • StevieB

    Didn’t lose any sleep over not getting that one over the line …I’d get 10 goals in the Ere Divisie so 20 goals over there doesn’t really float my boat , I’d take a chance on the aggression of Slimani over him . He looks and moves just like Jon Dahl Tommason did …….I’ll leave it at that .

    • Jezza

      If this club was properly run we’d have signed both Jorgensen and Slimani. I don’t know too much about Jorgensen but if Rafa had identified him as his top target for the January window that’s good enough for me.

  • Down Under Mag

    At least he didnt come out with the usual “Oh, I wasn’t interested in joining them anyway, I want to play for Barcalona” rubbish. Would have been a decent signing for 10m or so but the figure that Feynoord wanted is reported to be closer to 25m quid which for his record in a very weak league is way over the top.