Newcastle United have reportedly had an offer of €40m turned down by Sporting CP for star striker Bas Dost, as the club continue to demand nothing less than the player's hefty release clause.
The striker, in his first campaign with the Portuguese side - after making the £8.5m move from Wolfsburg last summer - made 39 appearances for Sporting CP in all competitions last season, scoring an impressive 36 goals in that time.
According to reports surfacing from Jornal de Notícias, via Sport Witness, on Tuesday, Newcastle have made an official €40m bid for the striker, which is understood to have been rejected.
The 28-year-old has been touted for a move to Newcastle following interest from the Premier League club, but the Portuguese side remain firm in their stance that Dost will only be leaving the club for his €60m release clause.
It is unknown as to whether Newcastle will return to the table with an improved offer as the Portuguese side's demands could price the Magpies out of a deal.
With a proven goal scoring record in Germany, and now Portugal, Sporting CP will be unwilling to let their star striker - who scored half of the club's league goals last season - leave easily as he still has three years remaining on his current contract.
Whether Newcastle's interest is real is yet to be seen, but the Dutch forward would offer the Magpies a much-needed killer instinct in front of goal ahead of their first season back in the Premier League.