By Harry Sykes
Bas Dost is set to snub Newcastle and join Sporting Lisbon, according to a report.
The Sun claim Magpies manager Rafael Benitez was confident of sealing a deal for £9million move for the Wolfsburg striker earlier this week.
But Newcastle’s hopes of landing the hotshot, 27, are receding as he appears to be set for a move to the Portugese high fliers.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has made it clear that he is in the market for a new striker and the former Heerenveen striker came on the radar as he has just 12 months remaining on his current Volkswagen Arena deal.
The goal machine has 125 professional goals to his name in 279 league and cup encounters, with 48 in 166 matches in a Wolfsburg shirt, and a further 13 in assists.
But Wolfsburg’s number 12 struggled to make an impact last term, making just 22 starts in league and cup encounters. The forward did manage to score 10 goals, with one strike coming in the Champions League against PSV Eindhoven.
Dost’s rise to prominence came the season before, where he scored an impressive 20 goals in 36 appearances, adding another seven in assists.
The Magpies are close to making another attacking signing, as Brentford playmaker Alan Judge is expected on Tyneside soon to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the club have sealed a deal for a 23-year-old.