January target Nicolai Jorgensen has admitted that he would welcome the chance to join a Premier League club this summer – opening the door to a move to Newcastle United should Rafa Benitez resurrect his interest in the striker.
As well all know, January was a pretty unbearable month when it came to transfers, with all the talk being that we’d break our transfer record to sign Feyenoord’s star man Nicolai Jorgensen – only for us to bid £14m despite their £20m asking price.
The 6ft 3′ striker – who has 38 goals and 20 assists in 76 in Holland – was believed to be Rafa’s top striking target in January, but we ended up with Islam Slimani; a loan deal that seemed a decent coup but ended up a bit of a disaster.
Back to Jorgensen, and the 27-year-old has been speaking about his future to Bold.dk today, admitting that he dreams of a move to the Premier League – admitting to being disappointed when a move to NUFC collapsed in January:
“The Premier League is the biggest challenge for all football players. It is the league where the pace is very high and it could also be fun to try to play there one day.
“If that happens, I do not know. But it is clear that it could be incredibly cool to try.”
The Danish international then said the following about our interest in him earlier this year:
“A lot of things happened. There was something personal and there was a transfer that went into the sink. It caused some annoyances I had not tried before, and maybe I was not prepared to handle them properly.
“It had nothing to do with Feyenoord. I was and am really happy to be there. But I also dream, and I’m not 22 more. That’s why I felt it was a good time (to leave) because I had achieved a lot in Feyenoord….
“It took some time to get up again (to recover from the NUFC move falling through), but I did, and I finished and scored in the cup finale, so it was great.”
So, it sounds like he’s very much up for the challenge and desperate to make the move happen this time around, but will we actually go back in for him?
He’s said to have been one of Rafa’s top targets in January, but he’s gone on to score just 3 goals in 13 games since we ‘attempted’ to sign him in January – with 10 all season in the league hardly being a groundbreaking tally when it comes to the Dutch league.
We shall see. He’s definitely one to watch this summer, but I get the feeling Benitez may look elsewhere.