NUFC offered chance to sign former ‘top target’ for £15m – But should Benitez go back in?

According to reports in Holland, Feyenoord have now made January target Nicolai Jorgensen available for ‘under £15m’ – meaning Rafa Benitez could now sign the striker at a cut-price fee – just a few months after being quoted £20m.

The 6ft 3′ Dane was heavily linked with a move to Tyneside back in January and was described as the clubs ‘top target’ after we made a £15m bid. They wanted £20m and, in typical Newcastle United style, we resisted and looked elsewhere – although it looks like a blessing in disguise.

Despite bagging an outstanding 25 goals and 17 assists over their title winning in 2016/17, he’s only scored 3 goals in 2018 since we registered our interest.

He didn’t do himself many favours at the World Cup either, looking sluggish, under confident and anything but the sort of striker who looked like he could take the Premier League by storm.

Here’s what’s been said today from Dutch paper AD, suggesting Feyenoord have lowered their price tag after seeing his form struggle over the past 6 months.

Rafa obviously say something in him to make a £15m bid in January, but I get the feeling this ship may have sailed now.

He’s out of form and appears like a bid risk – something Dutch league strikers always seem to be even if they’re banging in the goals.

If we’re spending this sort of money, I’d prefer Rondon. He may not be prolific, but his style suits the Premier League and Rafa Benitez’s system far better than Jorgensen looks like he would.

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About Olly Hawkins

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.

One thought on “NUFC offered chance to sign former ‘top target’ for £15m – But should Benitez go back in?

  1. If we were actually looking at him in January, and again before the World Cup, I hardly think a poor few games this summer is reason not to go back in.

    Having said that, looking at his goals from the previous season he won’t get the easy ride in the EPL that he got then.

    It seems logical to me that if you have the choice between Rondon and Jorgensen you bring in the foreigner from an overseas league. Think of it as Leicester winning the Prem. Unknown quantity, not taken seriously, different style.

    I appreciate that averaging 8 goals a season he’d be vying for highest scorer of us, but we’ve got enough of them with Perez Joselu and Gayle. We need something a bit more prolific.


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