News today that Ajax are asking £8M for their full-back/midfielder Vernun Anita.
Vernun Anita – valued at £8M by Ajax
Newcastle lodged a bid for the player over the weekend, according to his agent, and the initial bid was somewhere between £5 and £10M, but it seems the asking price is now £8M.
Newcastle’s offer seems to have fallen short, but Newcastle are keen on the 23 year-old, who can play in either full back position and played defensive midfield for Ajax all last season.
And the news today is that Newcastle may actually have bid only £4M for the player, so they will need to double their offer, and so much for what an agent says about what’s going on.
Manager Ronald De Boer took over Ajax last summer, and took them to a Dutch Championship, and he is said to rate his player highly, and will only let him go for £8M, which could put Newcastle off, and they could look elsewhere.
Aston Villa are also reported to be interested in the player, but only because former Norwich boss Paul Lambert was initially interested, and he has now gone to manage the Midlands club, so we think it’s just a supposition that Villa are interested.
Norwich were the other club initially said to be interested in the player by Anita’s agent, as well as Newcastle.
Newcastle may go in with an improved offer for the player, but don’t bet on it, as the Tyneside club will hardly go too much above their own valuation of a player these days.
But that would be the next step for Newcastle, although they may simply give up on Vernun, and look elsewhere for a better deal.
Anita is said to be very keen to join the Magpies, but who wouldn’t be, after Newcastle had such a great season and look to be building a very good side for the future.
What do you think?