Newcastle: Star striker opens talks; Mitrovic "would die for Newcastle"; Krul future in doubt
Newcastle have entered talks to sign Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost, reports the Chronicle Live’s chief sports writer Lee Ryder.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 22, 2016
The 27-year-old striker has impressed for Wolfsburg during his time in the Bundesliga, scoring 36 times over 80 appearances in the Bundesliga.
Dost’s contribution last season was halted by a broken foot in January, but is already back to scoring form in the German Cup this season.
Rafa Benitez has reiterated his desire to bring in a physical presence akin to Aleksandar Mitrovic to bolster his strike force and Dost could be the perfect option.
The powerful Dutchman is 6ft 5in tall and his well known for his solid hold up play and threat in the air, as well as being a deadly finisher on his day.
Capturing Dost would be an unbelievable coup for the Magpies, given the striker has been courted by several Champions League clubs in the recent past.
Fellow striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has emphasised his commitment and passion for the club in a recent interview with Chronicle Live, saying that “If I have too, I will die on the pitch for Newcastle.”
Mitrovic is a well-endeared figure at St James’ Park for his dedication to the club, and he’s ready to take that commitment to the next level.
“I know what to do so I’ll try to be like Ronaldo or Messi and score 50 or 60 goals” said Mitrovic.
The 21-year-old perhaps wore his heart of his sleeve too much last season, receiving more than one red card over the course of the season, but the Serbian believes he’s learned from the experience.
“I have my own style. I will do anything to win the game. I am hungry and want to win every game. Of course I have learned from the red cards after bad tackles but I didn’t mean to do that.
Mitrovic will be a key part of Rafa Benitez’s push for promotion, his physical style of play well-suited to Championship football.
A player that could fall out of Benitez’s plans, willingly or unwillingly, is first choice ‘keeper Tim Krul.
According to Chronicle Live, Krul could be eyeing up a loan move to Ajax for a chance to play regular first team football in his home country.
The move could also lead to Krul featuring in the Champions League as opposed to the Championship, which could tempt him into a move.
Newcastle have offered Krul a contract extension that would keep him at the club for another season, with his current deal expiring next summer. This would give the club time to reach a decision over his future and, if he departs next summer, allow them to recoup a transfer fee as well.
Krul is regarded as the best goalkeeper at the club, but Matz Sels, Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot are all capable deputies.
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