Feyenoord have rejected Newcastle United’s offer for their Danish striker Nicolai Jorgensen. According to a reliable report in the English media, the Magpies offered £15m to secure the services of the forward, but Feyenoord have rejected the bid as they try to keep hold of their prized asset. It is believed that Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is looking to bolster his options at Tyneside during the January transfer window in order to avoid relegation from the Premier League. The Dutch Eredivisie club has firmly knocked back the bid in the hope that an offer in the region of £20m will come in for the 27-year-old’s signature.
The Magpies have until Wednesday to come back with an improved offer before the transfer window closes at the end of the month. Jorgensen has earned 28 international caps for his nation, with eight international goals to his name. He signed for Feyenoord in the summer of 2016 from FC Copenhagen and has gone on to score 32 goals for the club across all competitions. The Dutch Eredivisie outfit has brought in their former frontman Robin Van Persie earlier this month, which would help them sanction a transfer for Jorgensen if the right offer comes in for the player.
Benitez is yet to be financially backed during this transfer period with only Chelsea youngster Kenedy coming into his squad on loan for the remainder of the season so far.
Newcastle United are currently in 15th place in the Premier League standings with a tally of 23 points after Gameweek 24. Benitez’s side are just a point above the relegation zone and are in real danger of suffering the agony of a drop to the Championship at the end of the campaign. They need to pick up points in the coming weeks to try and avoid getting themselves involved in a relegation dogfight in the second half of the campaign.
Jorgensen has scored 9 goals and made 3 assists in 19 matches for Feyenoord in all competitions this season. He is exactly the kind of attacking option that the Magpies could utilise in their quest to get themselves out of trouble in the Premier League. His prolific goal-scoring exploits will undoubtedly be an asset with Benitez being the ideal man to get the best of the player.
It remains to be seen whether the Tyneside club will go in with another offer for the Danish international before the end of this transfer window and if they are able to convince the Dutch giants to part ways with the 27-year-old in the near future.