Wednesday, 23rd January, 2013

Newcastle United have made an approach for Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, according to Portuguese daily O Jogo.

The Magpies are extremely active during the current transfer window as they seek to bolster their squad to move away from the Premier League’s relegation zone.

Newcastle have already raided French football, with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa signed, Mathieu Debuchy signed, Massaido Haidara incoming, along with Yoan Gouffran, while Moussa Sissoko should land in the summer, although this month remains a possibility.

Now though their attention has drifted to Portugal and Van Wolfswinkel.


The Dutchman has impressed in Portuguese football since being snapped up by the Lisbon giants in the summer of 2011 from Utrecht, for the bargain fee of €5.4M.

Sporting Lisbon are thought ready to part with the 23-year-old, but only for the figure of €12M, which Newcastle have not yet offered.

It remains to be seen if the Magpies will increase their bid.

Van Wolfswinkel’s contract at Sporting Lisbon runs until 2016.

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