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Wolfsburg mocks Newcastle over Bas Dost pursuit

Newcastle target Bas Dost has been urged to stay where he is by Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking, who cannot understand why he would join the Magpies.

Dost netted 20 goals for Wolfsburg last season. Credit: PA

The 26-year-old Holland international has been linked with a summer switch to St James' Park as new head coach Steve McClaren attempts to rebuild a squad which ended last season battling relegation.

McClaren knows Dost from his time in the Eredivisie, but Hecking is determined to keep the forward in Germany.

He told the Wolfsburger Allgemeine: "Why would he go there? He can play next season in the Champions League with us. He will probably [play in the Champions League] neither in this nor in the next or the next year at Newcastle."


Sunderland and Newcastle fight for Dutch international

Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley is facing a battle to make a summer transfer breakthrough after neighbours Sunderland entered the race to capture one of Steve McClaren's top targets.

It is understood that the Black Cats have made an offer of in excess of £11million for PSV Eindhoven's highly-rated midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, a man identified by the Magpies' new head coach as a key acquisition following his appointment earlier this month.

Georginio Wijnaldum is wanted in the north-east Credit: PA

Sunderland counterpart Dick Advocaat himself is understood to have made contact with the Dutch club to register his interest in the 24-year-old Holland international, who scored 14 Eredivisie goals last season as PSV cruised to the title.

In the process, he has firmly thrown down the gauntlet to Newcastle and Charnley, who has been charged with the task of doing the deals by owner Mike Ashley after identifying targets in a series of meetings with McClaren and chief scout Graham Carr.

Steve McClaren named new Newcastle boss

Steve McClaren at St James' Park Credit: Newcastle United FC

Former England coach Steve McClaren has been named the new manager of Newcastle United, the club has confirmed.

McClaren, who took local rivals Middlesbrough to the 2006 UEFA Cup final, and FC Twente to the Dutch title, has signed for an initial three years, which could rise to eight.

Managing director Lee Charnley said he was "delighted" to have "secured the services of one of the best coaches in English football".

He added: "From my first meeting with Steve I knew he was the perfect fit for Newcastle United.

"He has 20 years' experience, including for the national team and at the highest level of European competition."


Newcastle confirm new manager will pick his staff

McClaren is favourite to be named as Newcastle's new manager. Credit: PA

Newcastle have confirmed that their new head coach will recruit his own staff after paying tribute to departing pair John Carver and Steve Stone.

Managing director Lee Charnley has placed on record his thanks to 50-year-old Carver after it emerged on Tuesday that he and Stone would be leaving the club.

Charnley said: "After discussions with John, it was mutually agreed that in the best interests of the club moving forward, and to enable the new head coach to build his own coaching team, we would go our separate ways."

Gutierrez fires parting shot at Newcastle owner Ashley

Jonas Gutierrez aimed a clear parting shot at Mike Ashley after being released by Newcastle United, claiming the club's owner disregarded him following his cancer diagnosis.

The 31-year-old started the season battling his way back from testicular cancer and ended it by inspiring the Magpies to a vital 2-0 win over West Ham that ensured the club's Premier League status for another year.

Gutierrez provided one goal and scored the other in what has proved to be his last match for United, with the club announcing on Friday that he will leave when his contract expires on June 30.

That exit was widely expected and the Argentina international took to Twitter shortly afterwards to let his feelings known about his treatment by the club during his battle with cancer.

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