According to reports in Germany, Newcastle United are showing interest in a summer move for Wolfsburg star Wout Weghorst.
This comes from BILD, who claim he looks set to become one of our top summer targets – stating we’d have ‘no problem’ paying the Bundesliga side’s €35m (£32m) asking price.
It’s not clear whether this is based around the idea of a takeover taking place, or if he’s a player currently being eyed up by the current regime – who are continuing to work on as normal just incase a Saudi-backed bid falls through – however it seems far more likely to be the former, if there’s any truth in it that is.
Weghorst stands 6ft 6′ and is a Dutch international who’s enjoyed two outstanding seasons since arriving at Wolfsburg, bagging 38 goals and 12 assists in 78 games.
With takeover talk dragging on and the club in a complete state of limbo as a result, it’s hard to take these transfer stories with anything other than a pinch of salt.
We were linked with Thomas Robert – the Montpeiller winger and son of ex-Mag Laurent – and Olympiakos midfielder Mady Camara yesterday, however this link to Weghorst seems worth reporting on and slightly more plausible given he’s a goalscoring target man (which is exactly what we need) and a player playing in a league we appear to scout heavily in (Joelinton, Willems, Bentaleb and Lazaro have all spent recent reasons in the Bundesliga).
That said, can anyone honestly say we’re lining up £32m deals right now when just about everything is up in the air?
The Chronicle insist the recruitment team are drawing up a summer wish list in a bid to safeguard our future in the event a £300m takeover falls through, however we have no idea if this link is based on the current regime planning ahead or the potential new owners doing likewise – not that I expect them to be lining up transfer targets when they don’t even know who’d be in charge of us next season to make those calls.
Nevertheless, here’s the 27-year-old striker in action, just incase this latest link proves to have some truth behind it and he becomes the new Bas Dost: