In this new world of Twitter and Facebook, there is news going around that Newcastle are very close to a deal for Ajax midfielder Vurnon Anita.
Vurnon Anita – fee and terms have already been agreed?
The news is that Newcastle have already agreed a fee with Ajax for the player, and it’s fairly sizable at between £5M and £10M, and terms have also been agreed with the player, Vurnon Anita.
And the announcement from Newcastle could be closer than we think, but with a fee said to be agreed and terms agreed with the 23 year-old – we suppose the next step is for the 3 times capped Dutch International to have a medical on Tyenside.
Anita made the provisional squad for the Euro 2012 Championships, but did not make the final cut of 23, and Holland play their first game today in Group B, when they take on Denmark.
We always have to be careful of this non-official type news (what’s new?), but the reports going around are that Anita could become Newcastle’s second summer signing of the summer, and will follow Romain Amalfitano through the door.
But this will almost certainly mean that Newcastle have agreed to sell Ivorian Cheick Tiote, and it’s probably to Chelsea.
And the price that’s been going around is £20M, and that would be a £16.5M gain on the Ivory Coast International, who was signed by Newcastle from Dutch club FC Twente two years ago for £3.5M, after being scouted for several years by Chief Scout Graham Carr.
Cheick has said many times before that he has no desire to leave Newcastle, but in this new world of big business in football, he may not have a choice.
What do you think?