‘Why would he go there?’ – Wolfsburg boss urges Newcastle target to stay in Germany

first_img1 Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost has been urged by manager Dieter Hecking to stay at the Bundesliga club, amid reports linking him with a move to Newcastle United.New Magpies head coach Steve McClaren knows Dost from his time in the Eredivisie and has earmarked the 26-year-old as one of his top summer targets, as he attempts to rebuild a squad which ended last season battling relegation.But Hecking is determined to keep the forward, with Wolfsburg set for Champions League football next season having finished runners-up to Bayern Munich in the German top flight last term.He told the Wolfsburger Allgemeine: “Why would he go there? 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.”Dost scored 19 goals last season – including four in the thrilling 5-4 victory at Bayer Leverkusen in February – but his future has been thrown into doubt by the impending arrival of Germany international Max Kruse from Borussia Monchengladbach.But Hecking insisted the club has no immediate appetite to cash in on the Dutchman despite being able to demand a sizeable fee for him.The Magpies are currently engaged in a battle to bring QPR frontman Charlie Austin to St James’ Park, but Dost is another man identified as a target during talks between McClaren, chief scout Graham Carr and managing director Lee Charnley, the man who will have to do the deals during an extensive summer recruitment drive.last_img

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