Wolfsburg head coach Dieter Hecking has attempted to prevent striker Bas Dost from moving to Newcastle, by drawing attention to their continued absence from European competition and stating the player would be better off staying where he is if he desires Champions League football.
Newcastle struggled in front of goal last season, managing to score just slightly more than the three relegated teams achieved. As a result they've been linked to a host of strikers in the close season as they seek to appease this issue.
QPR's Charlie Austin is believed to remain the club's preferred choice from the names that have been mentioned, but his reluctance to move away from London has left Newcastle in limbo, meaning that other players are now being considered, among them, Bas Dost.
DOST SHOULD STAY PUT
However, in the aforementioned attempt to deter Dost from leaving Wolfsburg, his manager has spoken to German newspaper, Wolfsburg Allgemeine, and questioned the player's desire for leaving when he feels Dost would be likely to achieve more by staying put.
"Why would he go there?" said Hocking, as per ITV.
"He can play next season in the Champions League with us. He will probably [play in the Champions League] neither in this nor in the next or the next year at Newcastle."
McClaren is a keen admirer of the 26-year-old Holland international, having been aware of him from his time managing FC Twente in the Eredivisie. His 19 goals last season for the Bundesliga outfit show he is a player capable of scoring on a regular basis.
MOTIVATION TO LEAVE
Of course with Champions League football on the horizon as a result of Wolfsburg finishing runners-up to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga last season, many will wonder what the attraction of Newcastle is following their struggles.
However, with Wolfsburg recently signing German international Max Kruse from Borussia Monchengladbach, Dost's future has been thrown into significant doubt as he's unsure if he will just be a bit-part player from here on in.
On top of that he's likely to earn more money from a contract with a Premier League side. One of the biggest motivations behind wanting to move to Newcastle is the long-term benefits that it could offer him in return.
As has been seen by both Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy in recent times, a brief successful stint at Newcastle can act as a shop window for their talents which in turn helps propel a player onto greater things in a relatively short space of time.
As was seen with the aforesaid duo's respective moves to PSG and Arsenal shortly after arriving in the north-east. Were Dost to do the same then perhaps this time next summer he could find himself the target of many of Europe's biggest clubs.
Hecking may well mock, but ultimately his loss would be Newcastle's gain. If this transfer goes through let's hope they can keep hold him or else it'll be back to the drawing board before too long.
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