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Newcastle United transfer gossip: Fresh links with two strikers – as Jack Colback move hits wages snag

Newcastle United transfer gossip: Fresh links with two strikers – as Jack Colback move hits wages snag
11 May
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As Rafa Benitez is at pains to point out Newcastle United need a striker this summer – and there will be no shortage of them available at the right price.

Thursday saw links with two familiar faces re-heated in the European sporting press – Abel Hernandez, who is out of contract at Hull, and Bas Dost, who is no stranger to Newcastle transfer watchers.

Hernandez has spent a large chunk of this season out through injury but his return to the Hull side has helped propel them up the table. Tigers boss Nigel Adkins says they will attempt to keep him at the club but he seems intent to assess his options in the summer – which has piqued the interest of Benitez, according to a report in Greece.

Newcastle, Wolves, Celtic, Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest are all mentioned in the piece although the Glasgow club are ready to offer a three-year contract, which may gazump anything Benitez would consider.

Meanwhile, in Portugal A Bola have again linked long-term target Dost with a potential move to St James’ Park.

Bas Dost of Sporting CP
Bas Dost of Sporting CP
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The Sporting striker has enjoyed another prolific season and Benitez took advice on the forward last summer before noting that his asking price was way in advance of what they could afford.

But according to the Portuguese press he will leave this summer and is keen to move to the Premier League. Newcastle fans who have been fed a continual diet of Dost stories for the last four summers will be forgiven for being sceptical about talk of a move for the 28-year-old.

If you’re a fan of recycled links – and let’s face it, who isn’t – Thursday also brought news that two strikers United have tried to sign in the past will be available this close season.

Saido Berahino’s fall from grace since United tried to break their transfer record to sign him from West Brom has been stark and the Telegraph reported that Stoke will make him available on loan as they plot a path back to the Premier League.

And the Times suggested that Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez – both courted by United in the past – will be made available by West Ham as David Moyes considers his options at the Olympic stadium.

Finally our sister title the Nottingham Post has news about Jack Colback’s chances of moving to Forest permanently. It could be that wages are the problem, they suggest.

Jack Colback of Nottingham Forest and Tom Lawrence of Derby County
Jack Colback of Nottingham Forest and Tom Lawrence of Derby County
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“For Colback, it sounds like his wages could be a factor for Forest,” they report.

“He’ll be on a Premier League wage packet at Newcastle United, so would need to take a pay cut to sign for Aitor Karanka. It’s whether he’s willing to do that.

“But on the flip side, he’ll know that he’s likely to be playing more at the City Ground.” If Benitez stays at St James’ Park, that is not something he can say about Newcastle.

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