Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Big-Money Signing for United Just a Sign of Times for Others; PS20m Shows How Much Magpies Have Scrimped

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Big-Money Signing for United Just a Sign of Times for Others; PS20m Shows How Much Magpies Have Scrimped

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NEWCASTLE United are looking to tie up a deal for Nicolai Jorgensen after the club opened up negotiations for the Feyenoord man.

Should the Magpies be able to pull a deal off for the striker - whose performances and contributions have already been analysed by fans and football observers - Jorgensen would be the man Rafa Benitez turns to get the goals to keep Newcastle in the Premier League. After a week of trying to keep his name under wraps, the secret is out and Jorgensen's strikes for the Dutch side have been viewed by supporters who are wondering whether he would be a success on Tyneside.

If United could get the deal over the line they would almost certainly have to break the club's transfer record which was last surpassed in 2005 when Michael Owen arrived for PS16m from Real Madrid.

Jorgensen would not attract the same fanfare as Owen did 13 years ago and it's understandable. Alan Shearer's record-breaking arrival back in 1996 was simply a moment in time.

That much is obvious, but the Danish international would be hungry to succeed and that sometimes is half the battle at Newcastle United.

If anything, breaking a club record for Jorgensen would be nothing more than an indication of how Newcastle have scrimped and saved during the Mike Ashley era.

Even a fee of PS20m would simply be the going rate for a player yet to play in England from a European league.

Southampton showed the neccesity to pay that going rate when handing over PS19.2m for Monaco's Guido Carrillo.

The reality is if Newcastle want to stay afloat as a Premier League club - as well as continue to expect more than PS300m for a club sale price - then they are going to have to cough up this month.

Behind the scenes, Benitez is not looking to smash the record and bring in a player who is going to threaten club goalscoring records.

Of course, it would be nice if Jorgensen - who has netted 28 goals in 46 appearances in Holland's Eredivisie - turns out to be a massive hit for Newcastle. …

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