Sky Sports journalist: Newcastle bid made as Ashley sanctions record-breaking striker spend
Newcastle United have seen a bid rebuffed for Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen as Mike Ashley green lights a record breaking spend for the forward, according to a journalist.
Sky Sports’ north east reporter Keith Downey has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Magpies had launched a move for the 27-year-old Danish international but that the Eredivisie club had rejected the offer, with the Dutch side rating him at over £20million.
Newcastle have had a bid knocked back by Feyenoord for striker Nicolai Jorgensen. We’re told Mike Ashley is willing to break the club’s 12-year-old transfer record for the Danish international, but the Dutch side are looking for more than £20m.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 23, 2018
The Magpies’ current transfer record stands at the £16million spent back in 2005 for the capture of then-Real Madrid and England striker Michael Owen, and is the longest standing record spend for all 20 of the Premier League clubs.
Jorgensen, who has 28 caps and eight goals for Denmark, has netted nine times this season, including twice in the Champions League, in his 19 appearances this season, and is contracted at Feyenoord until 2021.
Football Insider verdict
The record of arrivals into the Premier League from the Dutch top flight has been very hit and miss for strikers, and Newcastle are taking a significant risk in moving for Jorgensen. For every Ruud van Nistelrooy there has been an Afonso Alves and a Luuk de Jong, and sanctioning a bid over £16million seems out of character for Ashley. His record in the Netherlands is impressive, as was his time at Copenhagen, but he struggled during a stint in Germany with Bayer Levekusen, which suggests he might not have what it takes to succeed in England’s top flight. Then again, three goals in nine Champions League outings is a decent record, so it is up to the Magpies to decide whether he is a worthwhile capture.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, a Premier League rival has launched a bid to secure the signing of the Magpies’ international powerhouse.