‘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 read more

Blow for Tottenham! Inter Milan win race for ‘new Patrick Vieira’

first_img Marseille star Giannelli Imbula Tottenham have been beaten by Inter Milan in the race to land Marseille star Giannelli Imbula.The Italian giants are on the verge of bringing Mauricio Pochettino’s transfer target to the San Siro on a season-long loan deal.It has been revealed by Sky Sport Italia that Marseille are prepared to allow the 22-year-old midfielder to leave the club on loan for a £1m fee and include an option in the deal for Inter to sign him permanently for another £15m at the end of next season.Imbula, who has also been linked with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, impressed for the Ligue 1 side last term and has been dubbed the ‘new Patrick Vieira’.The Nerazzurri have been active in the summer transfer market so far and want to add Imbula’s signature to that of Geoffrey Kondogbia, who signed from French side Monaco last week. 1last_img read more