Newcastle Move In For Hamburg Midfielder

More good news today for Newcastle United fans, as well as getting close to signing Pablo Aimar, are now said to be interested in young Holland star Nigel De Jong.


 Nigel de Jong – would be another excellent signing

The bad news is that it’s being reported by that bastion of truth, The Sun, 😀 but the deal is for �£3M, and we think Nigel would be an interesting and very good signing for the Tyneside club.

The 23 year-old, who stands just under 5’9″ tall, starred for the Dutch in the recent Euro 2008, and he fits the bill of a young very good player who should get a lot better.

He moved to his present club Hamburg, from Ajax in 2006, who he joined as an eight year-old  youngster in 1993.   De Jong has played about 60 times for the German club, 96 times for Ajax and 26 times so far for Holland.

Nigel can play defensive midfield or right wing back, and seems to fit the type of player that Keegan is looking for, almost perfectly.

The German club are now managed by former Tottenham boss Martin Jol, and seem very keen to do a deal with Newcastle, as long as personal terms can be agreed with the player, but we would be surprised if that proved to be a difficulty.

For £3M we think De Jong would be another excellent signing for the club.

Let’s hope we get him.

Comments welcome.

58 comments so far

  • NE1

    Jul 16, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Very good, young talent.
    I imagine he’d be a holding mid player for us – but can also play right wing back – so must have a good engine on him

  • BelgianSupporter

    Jul 16, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #2

    I hope he sign this week 🙂

  • Will

    Jul 16, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Promising stature!

  • LondonToon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed, what makes you say they are very keen to do a deal? Are they struggling financially?

    I think he would be a good signing, but I reckon Jol would be loath to lose him. If we did get him, I reckon the fee would be closer to £6m. Which would still be a pretty good deal.

  • Jon Goodwyn

    Jul 16, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    4mil? would be a fantastic deal

  • Ivan

    Jul 16, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #6


  • filthy mag

    Jul 16, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #7

    I dont know a lot about the player. Does he come with glowing references?

  • filthy mag

    Jul 16, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Nice to see Robbie Elliot back with us.

  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 16, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #9

    everytime iv seen this lad play iv been really impressed with him, at anything up 2 6mil i think he will be an absolute steal, him n aimar in centre of our midfields wud be quality

  • Nathan

    Jul 16, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #10

    This would be absolutely awesome

  • Max

    Jul 16, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #11

    He was great during euro 2008, in all games, hope we get him signed!!!!

  • WesToon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #12

    @ Filthy Mag,mate this kid has been playing first team football since the age of 18…has nearly 30 int caps already,built like a Brick Sh1te house 2,this Lad has potential to dominate the midfield,like a Veira or Makalele even like a Mascherano,as well as being versatile,playing in the midfield & backline,SIGN HIM NOW PLSSSS!!

  • ToonKing

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #13

    now this is terrific news !!!


    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #14

    Aimar and de jong would be quality.A cb and striker and we r set for next season.tozer back up for enrique.go on tha toon.

  • tony

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #15

    yessssssssssss sign him nowwwwwwwwww what a player he is ive kert a close eye on him for a few years now and hes perfect for the prem

  • Gunnar/Iceland

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #16

    Won’t get my hopes up although if this would happen it would be great.

  • Viper

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #17

    4 LondonToon , my initial thoughts exactly.
    Why sell if that good? Do they know something we don’t?
    Asides, go get!

  • Midjew

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #18

    This guy looks VERY GOOD and he is still VERY young, would be Great MD if we got him

    Jonas—Aimar—De Jong—N’Zobia

  • Ross G

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #19

    Ok am I the only one worried about the height in our squad, we already have one of the shorest teams in the Prem, and Gutierrez aside, Guthrie, Aimar, and De Jong are not gonna compete aerially in the middle of the park which does worry me as well as defending corners etc. Although I cant believe one of Hollands best players in Euro 2008 would go for £3m specially at 23 yrs old. Its rubbish at least the price. I know I may seem incredibly pesemistic but Im not sure Aimar is the best move either as if we plan to play him and Guthrie neither have defensive abilities. I like Aimar just worried he may be in it more for the money. If we have him fine hope he proves me wrong, and if we get De Jong good signing at £3m, but I would personally look at someone at least 6ft in the DM role.

  • Davies

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #20

    Quality. Let’s see him in black and white.

  • Ericles

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #21

    A good capture if it is true – but it is a Sun report after all. We still need defensive cover and another striker who can help Viduka on his crutches, and Smith with his hair gel.

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #22

    Fingers crossed lads with all the players we are being linked with this could be a very very good day for us 😀

  • Bigted

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #23

    Great addition to the midfield squad, his versatility will be a huge asset. Hopefully he can be the new Steve Watson, someone we have missed since we let him go all those years back…..

    Hopefully some defenders are being lined up too, this is the area we now need to concentrate on.

  • flexon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #24

    wonderful player…This is going to be our season if he is signed! Go Toon!

  • Bigted

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #25

    Is this the end for Nicky Butt? We can already write off Emre if Aimar does sign.

  • broon ale

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #26

    toon in training.,,10278~1344960,00.html

  • Kash2

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #27

    Quality player who will add competition and cover for both DM and RB.

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #28

    Me likes. However, i seem to be watching more videos of him scoring goals and attacking, and no tackling or defensive play. What’s he like in DM anyone?

  • Frankieboy

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #29

    Lets get it wrapped up PDQ

  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #30

    Please tell me we’re getting him, great player in Football Manager, and it took me a structured deal worth 9.5 million to get him from HSV 😛 , so anything below 6M would be an absolute steal.

  • ObaforPM

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #31

    This is a great player but somehow i dont see why they would want to sell, especially for as little as 3mill

  • chuck

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #32

    A defensive young midfielder is a priority considering Butt and Geremi are getting a bit long in the tooth.
    Can also play wing back, great !
    Looks like the midfield is pretty much settled, providing we dont sell anyone.
    Need Anelka or Bent up front to link with the two dwarfs, a decent central defender (Colloccini ?) Evans to back Beye then a backup
    leftsided wingback .
    And we are set for the season, top six.

  • Bill F Splash the Cash Ash

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #33

    I tried to send this post about 20 minutes ago but the site seemed to have gone down so here goes again.

    Ross I agree with some of your points, re. Aimar and De Jong. I would be somewhat surprised to get De Jong so cheaply but what a coup if we did. I can’t help feeling that Aimar won’t do the biz but would be very happy to be proved wrong.

    Whilst height is preferable in defenders I think speed and strength is more important, a six foot plus giant might be good at heading but hopeless on the deck. Also some shorter players jump better than some of the more bulky ones so lack of height wouldn’t unduly bother me.

  • Irish_toon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #34

    I came on hear expecting no great news whatso ever ….. but now it says that we are close to 2 morer sinings, and exellent ones at that!!!! I’m absoluotly extatic.YEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bill F Splash the Cash Ash

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #35

    Ed I just noticed one of the ads at the foot of the page, so thats your other line of business. 😉

  • Chris

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #36

    I’ll get excited when he’s signed. The fee just seems rediculously low for a 23 years old international.
    Plus it’s coming from the Sun. Same with Aimar, it’s still only newspaper talk. I hope we get both but I’m not over confident just yet, fingers crossed though!

  • joggster

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #37

    hamburg won’t sell de jong, especially not for the ludicrous sum mentioned by the sun. he would demand at least 10m.

  • ToonTimbo

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #38

    I really like the look of this guy!! I’ve followed his progress from ajax to hamburg (with vdv) and he also played a great euro 2008!! yipeeee

  • Ross

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #39

    i sadly cant see this happening as the strength of the rumour is nothing more than someone (eg some idiot at the sun) claiming we might be interested in him.
    however, can always hope, he’s a great player, i really enjoyed watching him at the euro’s and would love him in a toon shirt.

  • najikhin

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #40

    just cudnt see him cud he come to our club which is not going to play CL nex season?
    no offence, im a toon fan too, but i really think a player of his stature going to sign only for big4 or top 6 PL clubs,if he were to play in the EPL


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