Some big breaking transfer news to report on at NUFC, with widespread reports confirming that Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jørgensen is the mystery striker in talks with Newcastle United over a potential club record transfer in the region of £20m.
Jorgensen has 10 goals in 20 games so far this season, having been the Dutch league’s top scorer last season with an impressive 25 goals and 17 assists in 42 games in all competitons.
Sky Sports have revealed that we have already seen an initial offer of €14m (£12.5m) rejected for the 27-year-old, with the Eredivisie champions understood to be asking for a fee in the region of €20m (£17.5m).
The story was first reported by leading Dutch outlet VI, however The Chronicle and Sky Sports both revealing that the Danish international is in fact the mystery striker that could arrive as our new record signing this month.
The Chronicle state that Mike Ashley has approved an approach for the 6ft 3′ striker, with Lee Charnley now tasked with the job of getting a deal agreed with the Dutch side.
— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesSky) January 23, 2018
#nufc are still in discussions for Nicolai Jorgensen of Feyenoord but the funds have been approved by the owner. Big couple of days ahead for the board now.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) January 23, 2018
Jorgensen’s goal record (and incredible number of assists) is impressive, however I am always dubious when it comes to those scoring for fun in the Dutch league.
Yes there’s been some top strikers arrive from Holland and hit the ground running (Suarez, Van Nistelrooy, Van Persie, Bony, Kuyt), but there’s been several big money arrivals who’ve really flopped (Afonso Alves, Kezman, Ruiz, Altidore).
Just look at Luuk De Jong who had a short spell on Tyneside several years ago after being prolific in the Dutch league. He failed to score a single goal in 12 games at Newcastle, but went on to score almost SIXTY times in the two seasons that followed at PSV..
Jorgensen is a different player, but you can see why we’re slightly cautious of a player from the Eredivisie.
Anyhow, here’s him in action for Feyenoord last season: