Top January target Nicolai Jorgensen has spoken of his regret at missing out on a move to Newcastle United, admitting that it was a ‘big dream’ to play in the Premier League.
Jorgensen was deemed to be Benitez leading target in January, with the club ‘pushing’ to sign a new striker to solve our goalscoring problems.
A bid of £15m as lodged, however an acceptable offer never arrived, meaning the Danish international ended up staying with Dutch Champions Feyenoord.
He’s since scored just 1 goal in his last 10 league games since the turn of the year, suggesting the speculation surrounding his potential move and its failure to come to fruition has got to the striker.
Here’s what he’s had to say about the proposed move today, admitting that it was ‘annoying’ to see his ‘dream move’ collapse:
“It was a little annoying.
“Of course it is always nice to know that there is a club that will pay so much money for one, so of course it gave me confidence, but at the same time a little bit of sigh.
“It is of course a big dream for me to end up in such a league.”
He then admitted (as you have to as a ‘professional’) that he is still ‘really happy’ at Feyenoord, however you get the feeling he’s still regretting missing out on that move to the Premier League just a few months ago:
“It is okay.
“I’m really happy to be in the club so there is nothing there.
“The only reason I was a little down was because it was a dream like all football players.”
Ironically, I was actually far happier with the signing of Slimani (with Jorgensen totally unproven in a top league and someone who’d take time to settle), however he’s not kicked a ball yet after continual trouble with this thigh injury.
It’ll be interesting to see if we revisit a deal for Jorgensen in the summer – although his lack of form since the turn of the year makes me wonder if we’ll leave that one alone.