Bas Dost will not be leaving the Bundesliga this summer. This is the message coming from Wolfsburg general manager Klaus Allofs who insists that their striker will not be heading to the Premier League.
The 25 year-old has attracted interest from Swansea, Southampton and Newcastle United but Allofs has revealed that neither side has made a bid and so he is confident that the Dutchman will remain at the Volkswagen Arena.
Allofs told German newspaper, Bild:"It remains to be seen if there is a club really coming up with a bid,"
"And it remains to be seen if the respective player is out for a departure. At this point in time I would rule both of those out."
Bas Dost potential:
Dost attracted attention after a stellar season in the Eredivisie with Heerenveen as he netted 45 goals in 66 appearances. It was this fine form that encouraged former manager, Felix Magath to approach the striker.
When he signed the striker in the summer of 2012, Magath was convinced he would play an important role at the club and praised his uncanny eye for goal.
Despite winning the golden boot in Holland, the year prior his arrival in Germany after he scored 32 goals in 34 games, the Netherlands Under 21 International failed to kick on.
In 41 games he has managed just 12 goals in the league and it has been a frustrating two years and he still has three years remaining on his contract.
He has made just one appearance for the Netherlands senior team and at 25 this will obviously be playing on his mind especially after watching this year's World Cup where his country managed to finished 3rd.
With this being said, a move to the Premier League would be an ideal switch for Dost especially after the arrival of Nicklas Bendtner, who is another striker trying to fulfil his potential.
Ivica Olic has cemented his place as Dieter Hecking's first choice striker after netting in the opening Bundesliga match against Bayern Munich. Unfortunately it was a false start for the Wolves as the lost 2-1 at the Allianz Arena as Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben grabbed the goals that sent the reigning champions to the top.
Although he was on the bench for the opening game, Dost was overlooked even though the side were chasing the equaliser for the majority of the second half.
Although there is reported interest it seems each of the clubs listed have made other arrangements. The Magpies have tied up the signatures of Siem De Jong, Emmanuel Riviere and Ayoze Perez and have also brought in Facundo Ferreya in on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk. Swansea have partnered Wilfred Bony with Bafétimbi Gomis from Lyon and Southampton have replaced Rickie Lambert with the signings of Graziano Pelle from Feyenoord and Shane Long from Hull City for a combined fee of £20 million.