Newcastle have opened talks with Ajax for their 23 year-old full back or defensive midfielder, Vernun Anita.
Vernun Anita – keen on move to Newcastle
And the news in the local papers this morning, is that talks are in no way at an advanced stage, and are said to be at the preliminary stage.
Ajax want around £7M for their player, and Anita’s agent has said that Newcastle have gone in with an initial offer of between £5M and £10M.
A deal is not close, according to a senior Newcastle official this morning, but Anita is said to be very keen on the switch to Tyneside, and it seems he would be brought in as a full back, on either side, with Italian youngster Davide Santon also able to play on either side.
And the fact that Vernun is more than a decent defensive midfielder, will make him a valuable addition to the Newcastle ranks.
Ajax could price themselves out of a deal for the 3 times capped Dutch International however, as Newcastle are said to value the player at less than £7M, although there may be some movement on that from the Dutch Champions.
And if Anita’s agent is to be believed, Newcastle have already bid more than £5M for Anita.
And it seems Newcastle are aware of the interest in their Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote, and will try to keep him on Tyneside, but again £20M is said to be the figure that Newcastle would be willing to sell Tiote for.
There has been no contact with either the club or his representatives so far this summer, but it seems if a club comes in with £20M for the 29 times capped Ivorian International, then he could be on his way.
Cheick himself has said he does not want to leave Newcastle, and seems very keen to stay on Tyneside.
It seems that Newcastle will be bringing in two new full backs in the summer, as that position appears to be a place where Newcastle can significantly strengthen the side.
Right backs French International Mathieu Debuchy and England U21 International Nathaniel Clyne, as well as Dutch international Erik Pieters, are all being linked with Newcastle this summer.