Feyenoord striker and top January target Nicolai Jorgensen has opened up about our interest in him over the past month, stating it was a ‘big offer’, but stating there was ‘a lot of talking’, but a deal was ‘never really close’.
Interesting that it was made clear from the outset the we’d have to break our transfer record to sign hm, yet our biggest and final offered appeared to be £15 – almost £2m short of our current club record fee that bought Michael Owen over 10 years ago.
Despite Slimani’s signing, the Chronicle claim that Jorgensen was Rafa’s top target, however we hear from the horses mouth that a deal was ‘never close’, despite NUFC being told they could have him if they paid the £20m asking price.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not remotely dissappointed with his alternative (Slimani), as I actually think he could prove to be a better signing and settle in quicker, but this is further proof of Mike Ashley’s lack of ambition and the club’s inability to get deals done for the going rate.
Here’s what he had to say:
— Newcastle Fans TV (@NewcastleFansTV) February 3, 2018
Jorgensen has also spoken of his ambitions, admitting that a Premier League move is still a dream of his, suggesting this may not be the last we hear of Jorgensen and NUFC if we are to stay up prior to the summer window:
“It was more of a matter for my agent and the club, you hear a lot, try to focus, but you’re also a bit confused. As long as I am here, I give everything, I am happy here and I am proud to play for Feyenoord, and when the day comes, it is apparently the right time.
“It’s a dream for every footballer to play in the Premier League, if I keep working hard, there will be a club, I can also compete in another league, I think I’m ready for a next step, but now I’m I am at Feyenoord.”
Again, I’m more than happy with Slimani, but isn’t it typical Mike Ashley when one minute we’re signing a £20m striker and the next we settle for a loan deal on deadline day.
One thing I will say is this, however – Slimani may have only signed until the end of the season, but he cost Leicester £29m just 18 months ago. Don’t be fooled into thinking he’s an inferior striker just because it’s a loan deal.
Ironically, I back him to do better than Jorgensen would have if he’d have arrived for £20m..