When it came to hunting strikers in the January window, Newcastle United’s hunt spread far and wide.
There were a handful of names linked with a move to St James’ Park after a disappointing first half of the season in front of goal, Dwight Gayle and Joselu failing to find any sort of form as the Magpies slipped into a relegation battle.
While it was Leicester City’s Islam Slimani who ended up joining, although the Algerian is yet to feature due to injury, it had looked like Feynoord’s Nicolai Jorgensen would be the man bolstering the front line, the Chronicle claiming that a £15million bid had been tabled, but ultimately rejected by the Dutch side.
Now the 27-year-old forward, who towers over the opposition at 6’2″, has spoken out about the failed move, admitting his own disappointment about what would have been a “dream” switch to the Premier league.
The player himself would not have been alone in his disappointment, Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez obviously having to settle for Slimani after missing out on Jorgensen, and so there will be a tinge of ‘what if?’ running through their minds.
However, it does not need to stay that way.
Newcastle are still in need of attacking reinforcements and quite frankly, an overhaul up front would not go amiss.
Jorgensen will still be keen on securing that move to England, and will not want to be left feeling as though the opportunity has gone, and so the Magpies must reignite their January interest and swoop him up in summer.
The club get a striker with a point to prove, and the player gets the dream move from the Netherlands, across the North Sea and onto Tyneside for what the Toon Army will be hoping is another Premier League campaign next season.
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