Premier League quartet hoping to capture flying Dutchman Bas Dost
Wolfsburg striking sensation Bas Dost is believed to have a host of Premier League suitors hoping to poach him this summer, including Newcastle United, Southampton (8/1 with Coral for a top four finish), Spurs and Swansea City.
Reports in Germany suggest the Swans are monitoring Die Wolfe’s dangerman intently, and have money to spend after selling frontman Wilfried Bony to Manchester City in the winter window. Garry Monk’s men have clearly missed the Ivory Coast attacker’s eye for goal, having netted just 10 times since the striker waved goodbye to the Welsh club.
Dangerous Dutchman Dost could be just the antidote for Swansea’s lack of a lethal predator, having struck 13 goals in 14 Bundesliga appearances this term.
High-flying Wolfsburg (7/2 to win the Europa League) have been somewhat of a surprise package this season, and look set to secure Champions League football for next campaign. The attacking trio of Dost plus former Chelsea stars Kevin De Bruyne and Andre Schurrle have been integral to Die Wolfe’s fine form, and the Bundesliga club will likely be reluctant to sell.
However, Dost did struggle to adapt to Germany following his switch to the Volkswagen Stadium from Eredivisie side Heerenveen, where he racked up an impressive 52 strikes in 73 games.
During Dost’s first two seasons with Die Wolfe, the 25-year-old managed to net just 12 in the league, so could be wisely offloaded while in the midst of a purple patch.
Deventer-born Dost’s stock has never been higher after the in-form forward made his Netherlands debut over the international break. The Clockwork Orange attacker was capped as a substitute against both Turkey and Spain, but did not break his Dutch duck.
Wily Wolfsburg are already believed to be tracking Manchester United-owned Mexico poacher Javier Hernandez as a possible replacement for their top scorer, and supposedly value Dost at around £15m.
It remains to be seen whether any of the apparently interested Premier League quartet would shell out such a substantial fee for the Emmen academy product, who described his recent Clockwork Orange bow as “a super moment”.
Southampton and Tottenham will almost certainly splash out on new striker recruits this summer, especially if they have European football for next season, and Saints coach Ronald Koeman’s Dutch connections could give the south coast club the edge.
However, Newcastle have recently revealed news of a £19m profit, and could indulge themselves by splurging on a new centre forward. Do Dost, whose compatriots Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat already ply their trade at St James’ Park, may have his pick of the bunch.