Magpies Close In On Dutch Midflelder – Tiote Leaving Newcastle?

talkSPORT  is reporting that Newcastle are on the verge of signing young Ajax midfielder Vurnon Anita.

Vernun Anita – Ajax defensive midfielder

This is not the first time we have been linked with the 23 year-old midfielder,  and a few weeks ago there were a host of clubs after the talented player, which included Man City, Man United, Chelsea and Serie A side Inter Milan  .

The defensive midfielder could be a a replacement if Cheick Tiote leaves the club this summer, and Vurnon has so far played three times for Holland, and made his debut for Ajax back in March of 2006, just weeks before his 17th birthday.

Apparently Newcastle have made an offer of between £5M and £10M for the player, according to his agent, and there will be further talks between Newcastle and Ajax once the player returns from holiday next week.

Newcastle have been watching Ajax this season a lot, principally because of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, their two Belgium center-backs, but this lad must have been impressive.

The news is that Newcastle are very close to winning the race for the Dutch star and are the only club who have put in a bid for the player.

The reports in Holland a few weeks back are that Newcastle’s scouting network, led by Graham Carr, have identified Anita as a possible replacement for Tiote, should he leave for pastures anew.

It looks like this player could be Newcastle’s second signing of the summer, but it could also mean that Cheick Tiote will be leaving Newcastle – probably for Chelsea.

Vernun has played 137 times for the Dutch Champions with 7 goals.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope he’s alongside tiote. That would be hard to break through.
    Doubt he’s a replacement bought ahead of time

  • only magpie of nepal

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #2

    He can play as DMF as well as Left Back. So we are probably signing him as Left Back and Cover for Mr.Tio.
    We can’t afford to lose Tio to CHELSKI.

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #3

    We tend to have players ready to make offers for in case somebody leaves. The only way he’s s tiote replacement is if an offer is already in place and accepted for cheick.
    Anyway im talkin as if we’ve already signed anita lol

  • only magpie of nepal

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Signing ANITA and loosing Tio wud be something like 5 steps forward and then 10 backwards.
    We need to strengthen our squad / Not weaken
    Hope Ashley Knows that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Good morning all. What’s new?

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #6

    @only apparently he was moved to dm as he wasn’t all that good at lb.
    Id still be happy if he were just cover for both

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #7

    @Ibiza we have apparently made 5-10million offer for anita.
    But the big news is that ruddy was on last night to confirm he’s not Beardo.

  • nimo

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Love the blog ed but theres more stories on here about losing our stars than in the papers

  • only magpie of nepal

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #9

    @graham cwarr at 6:
    Thanx for the Information

  • only magpie of nepal

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Agree 100%

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Ruddy is alive?? What did he have to say?

    I thought Beardo said he had already revealed who he was? Hell to it, I’ll just start believing he’s the real Beardsley.

    Where has this story on Anita come from? Anything even remotely believable?

  • Ollieh51

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #12

    Why would this mean that we are losing Tioté?

    We need a massive squad for the number of games we’re going to have next season.

    Naturally we’ll have a like for like swap out available for players but the does NOT mean as soon as we see linked with someone a 1st team player is leaving.

    We keep scare mongering ourselves!

  • Jackson1989

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #13

    hey guys

    i serious think this is an addition to teh squad if we sign him and debuchy our line up would be strong

    debuchy taylor colo santon
    tiote anita
    Arfa (whoever)

  • only magpie of nepal

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Nice to be optimistic but Cruel reality in front of us

  • croftus5678

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #15

    i disagree as awsome as tiote is he misses a 1/3 of our games through suspension which was fine as guthrie did a good job but now he’s not there maybe we are wanting a dm who does not get cautioned as much and make 15mil on top of that ! which will be handy for the leftback/rightback we need and the centreback cover

  • shielsy_83

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #16

    i know santo is a right footed LB but could you imagine if we plaey anita at LB Santon at RB How much blanace and width i would gave us with both HBA and Jonas Loving to cut in so if you have these lads ovelapping it would give us a lot more options.

  • shielsy_83

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #17

    sorry for the spelling hung over lol just bare with me lol

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #18

    @Ibiza lots of reports not just one source.
    Ruddy says he’ll be back after silly season

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #19

    Fair enough then on both 🙂

    Well, I am off to work for the day. The sun will hopefully sort itself out….enjoy your day all!

  • only magpie of nepal

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Ed: When will we complete that deal for Leo Messi ? Two weeks and still pending………………………………… Now it is really getting Messy……….hope he doesn’t fail medical………………… LOL

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #21

    Im at work. £21 an hour for this lol


    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #22

    Is a defender not a Midfielder!


    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #23

    Pardew wants to play with two defensive midfielders, remember being linked to Matuidi who went to PSG I think.
    It will shore up our midfield and allow Cabaye to concentrate on his main role in the team, supply and orchestrate attacks and score more goals.
    This is the system we have been moving towards and it looks like we are finally about to adopt it!
    Get ready to see the crysalid turn into a butterfly!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #24

    Off topic but my mates got a good bet on for the Euros,its 20 quid minimum to name the top scorer in the tournament,but if you dont win you get a fiver back for everygoal your striker scores and a grand if he finishes top.

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #25

    I’ve got my finger’s crossed that he will be an addition and not a replacement.

    I think by Signing Anita(if we are truly interested) and possibly playing with 2 DM’s is to allow our full backs more freedom to attack. Santon seems like a very attack minded fullback and so does Debuchy. So if we sign both Debuchy and Anita we could end up with 2 very attack minded fullbacks.

    It would also allow more freedom for Cabaye to be more attacking, as oppose to him having to play defensive like he did in a couple games last season.

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #26

    I’d love to see both fullbacks overlapping our wingers and supplying decent crosses. We caught glimpses of it with Jose and Santon on the left, but never really on the right.

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #27

    Jfa its a ladbrokes deal

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 9, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #28

    @ newexpat he got moved to dm As he wasn’t very good at lb

  • toonincheek

    Jun 9, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #29

    Don’t know how true the £5-10 million is, but at that kind of fee, (and based on club policies) we would have to be thinking of him as a first-teamer, not squad or backup, and virtually a star performer at that.

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 9, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #30

    @toon in cheek. Hope its euros too

  • papiss_on_your_parade

    Jun 9, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #31

    Would we all prefer Anita to Mulumbu?

  • Nick 69

    Jun 9, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #32

    Why is every thread on this blog sooooo negative these days? Doesn’t matter what the story is about, there’s guaranteed to be a mention of us probably losing a player. getting pretty boring now, come on Ed, don’t be such a doom monger


    Jun 9, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #33

    Either dm or lb! It would be a good signing! He would link up well with Tiote and Cabaye!

    Everyone was concentrating on Vertjongen,Alderweirld of Douglas! Hopefully we will get Anita without anyone else getting involved!


    Jun 9, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #34


    Never ever been negative! But there is a world of difference between Negatiivity and being Realistic!

  • Colo-Sus

    Jun 9, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #35

    These articles are rife with negativity at the minute

    Is it beyond possible that Anita is replacing Guthrie

    And that he could work in a three with Cabaye and Tiote!!



  • Shedzzzaa

    Jun 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #36

    @cwarr07: Vurnon Anita’s move to #nufc agreed, fee & personal terms agreed, subject to a medical will be a #nufc next season. Latest news on twitter

  • PontiusLee

    Jun 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #37

    colo-sus @35
    that looks like a great squad.

  • blew

    Jun 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #38

    I would not like to see a 5ft 6ins left back. The side lacks heading ability throughout and I dont see a small player like Anita helping in that department

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 9, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Almost certain this will be SMITH’S replacement and NOT Tiote.

    Ed I love the blog but you love to fuel small fires and turn them into wild fire sometimes and then moan when there’s a lot of negativity around.

    Obviously we need a bigger squad for the Europa League and for when Tiote gets injured or suspended.



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