Newcastle table £14m bid for 27-year-old international as Benitez turns attention - report
Newcastle United have tabled a bid worth £14million for Feyenoord forward Nicolai Jorgensen, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claimed in their live transfer blog on Wednesday [01:52pm] that the Dutch Eredivise champions have rejected the Magpies’ offer and have told them to to improve it.
It is understood that manager Rafa Benitez turned his attention to the 27-year-old Denmark international after being told by Leicester that they wanted more than £20million for Islam Slimani.
Jorgsensen has made 19 appearances across all competitions for Feyenoord this season, scoring nine goals and supplying three assists in the process.
Two of his strikes came in the Champions League group stages against Shakhtar and Napoli.
Sky Sports’ north east reporter Keith Downey has claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday night that the Magpies had made a bid for the former FC Copenhagen forward, but did not reveal how much had been offered.
It is now believed that the offer was £14million and Feyenoord want over £20million for their powerhouse striker.
Football Insider verdict
It seems that Newcastle will have to smash their record buy of £16million in order to sign up a worthy striker this month. Mike Ashley appears to be finally giving over and letting Benitez splash some cash this month after his sale of the Tyneside club fell through. The controversial businessman appears to have been holding money back in the hope that he sold the club, but now without a deal in sight, he has been forced to stump up the funding. Jorgensen is a decent forward and is an improvement on what Benitez already has. Selling Aleksandar Mitrovic will help them get nearer Feyenoord’s asking price but over £20million is a bit steep.
In other Newcastle United news, Ashley has sanctioned the Magpies to swoop for this £7million left-back from a top six club.
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