Newcastle & Nicolai Jorgensen
With just a few days to go in the January transfer window it’s time for Newcastle United to make moves.
After 24 games, Newcastle only have 23 points on the board. They are 15th in the table and just one point above the bottom three.
And at the same time Amanda Staveley’s takeover bid seems to be dead in the water.
Newcastle need to add goals to their team if they hope to stay in the Premier League. And in recent days it’s become public knowledge that Newcastle are trying to sign Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen.
The 27-year-old Scandinavian attacker has scored 26 goals in 43 games for Feyenoord since joining the club in 2016 from FC Copenhagen. He also has 28 caps for his country, scoring eight goals for Denmark.
In the Dutch league this season he has five goals in his last seven appearances, and seven goals overall.
Feyenoord: ‘Put up or shut up’
On Monday morning, Dutch daily Telegraaf have an update on Newcastle’s pursuit of Nicolai Jorgensen.
It’s reported that Feyenoord have taken a “hard stance” towards Newcastle. Feyenoord has installed a deadline on Monday night for Newcastle to complete a deal for Jorgensen or the Dane will reportedly stay put.
Of course the central issue is money. Readers are told that “Feyenoord only want to do business if there is a ‘disproportionate’ amount” of money put on the table.
Put another way, Newcastle’s hopes of signing the striker for £20 million isn’t enough.
Times update + Aleksandar Mitrovic
On Monday morning the Times has assessed the likelihood of Jorgensen moving to Newcastle and Aleksandar Mitrovic’s St James’ Park exit.
Mitrovic is tipped to join Brighton, and the Times believe their is a 70% chance the deal happens:
Rafa Benítez would prefer not to sell to a relegation rival, but he needs money to sign a striker and is chasing Nicolai Jorgensen. Mitrovic has made six top-flight appearances from the bench this season, scoring once. He also scored in the Carabao Cup.