Bas Dost seems to have been in the lives of Newcastle fans since..well, difficult to remember when he wasn’t.
The 6ft 5 Dutch striker turns 29 in May and looking back, he has certainly been linked with a move to Newcastle ever since he was a 22 year old making his name in Holland with Heerenveen.
Then every transfer window since, I’m pretty sure Newcastle have been going to buy him, according to at least one or two media outlets.
Sometimes NUFC ‘have made bids’, ‘had bids accepted’, ‘been in talks with the player’, ‘been in talks with his club(s)’, and so on.
April 2018 and once again Bas Dost and Newcastle United are mentioned in the same sentence.
He has scored a load of goals in the very poor Portuguese league with Sporting Lisbon, 54 in 54 league starts, though I’m guessing you have to take that as being on the same level as if he’d scored that number in the Scottish pub league.
Anyway, the Portuguese media are claiming that he now wants to move on and his agent is looking for a new club in a better league, with Newcastle United one of the clubs (predictably) brought up in the reports.
It is one of the first signs of summer I look for – Newcastle being linked with Bas Dost – but this time it has come far earlier than other obvious signs of summer, such as men (not on a football pitch) wearing shorts, petrol stations doing the hard sell on B-B-Q stuff, wasps appearing, and pubs taking bookings for Christmas.
A year ago after scoring loads of goals in the Portuguese pub league, Newcastle were laughably said to be interested in signing Bas Dost (for some reason, whenever I hear/see his name, I always think of the classic Phoenix Nights and their ‘Das Boot’ German fruit machine) for £40m, so god knows what price tag will be put on him this time.
By the time the transfer window opens, the Dutch striker will be 29 years of age, and after only one half decent season (16 goals) in four years in the Bundesliga when at Wolfsburg, difficult to see anybody, let alone Mike Ashley’s NUFC paying massive money for the Dutch international (1 goal in 18 appearances for Holland).
In honour of his ‘connection’ with Newcastle United, maybe Bas Dost could/should be given a testimonial at the end of his career, so Newcastle fans can at last see him in the flesh…