With the club believed to be watching Croatia’s Andrej Kramaric and Denmark’s Nicolai Jorgensen at this summer’s World Cup, it has emerged today that Newcastle will have to fork out over £20m if they want either.
According to Hoffenheim’s director Alexander Rosen ,the club won’t listen to offers below a whopping £40m – with the German club (who recently qualified for the Champions League) having already rejected a £25m bid from an unnamed Serie A club this summer.
Kramaric may have come off the back of an impressive season in the Bundesliga, scoring 13 goals, assisting 9 and impressing NUFC scouts along the way (according to the Chronicle), however there’s no way we’ll be spending this much. Especially not on a player who flopped at Leicester just a few years ago.
Then to Jorgensen – a player we ‘tried’ to sign in January and someone who did little to impress NUFC fans during Denmark’s 1-0 win over Peru over the weekend.
The Chronicle now claim that Feyenoord still want “north of £20million” for the striker – even though his form has dipped significantly since the turn of the year.
So Hoffenheim won't listen to offers lower than £40m for Kramaric and Feyenoord still want in excess of £20m for Jorgensen.
It says a lot about transfers in 2018 when I'm not convinced either would be that good, yet both would absolutely smash our club record fee! #nufc
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) June 18, 2018
These prices really are crazy and sum up the modern day market that we’re trying to do business in.
It perhaps proves why we’re unlikely to get much joy in our chase for a top striker unless Rafa is backed with big bucks. Either that or we’ll have to unearth another hidden gem similar to the signing of Demba Ba seven years ago now.
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Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.