News today that one of Newcastle’s transfer targets, Vurnon Anita of Ajax, seems to have had a price tag of £8M put on him by his Dutch club.
Vurnon Anita – price up to £8M
Newcastle are said to have bid €5M for him, which is around £4M, so basically Ajax are asking twice that for their player, and if they will not budge on that fee, we don’t Newcastle will stay interested too long.
And Newcastle are now seemingly paying for their success in the transfer market over the last couple of years, by clubs wanting more money from Newcastle, a lopt more money.
And as we reported earlier today, we don’t think Newcastle will budge from their transfer policy of wanting good value for money, as the number one priority.
FC Twente are still probably smarting form letting Cheick Tiote join Newcastle for a measly £3.5M, and they now want a massive £16M for their star striker Luuk de Jong, and Newcastle have simply walked way from that deal, after bidding a good £11M.
Anita has now apparently held talks over his future with Ajax, and it’s obvious he would just love to join Newcastle, but he is now back in training with Ajax.
It seems that Ajax are very keen for Newcastle to come back in for Vurnon with an increased bid, but it’s not clear if Newcastle will do that, although Sunderland are said to be interested in the player, and maybe they will be willing to pay over the odds to get him.
Anita had this to say from Holland today:
“I am going to seriously consider any interest and will discuss it with my parents. The Premier League is a top competition where I would want to play.”
“Ajax say they won’t let me go, and I’m tied up here until 2014. It would be no punishment to stay, but you never know.”
It remains to be seen if Newcastle will bid for the player, but even if they do, it’s unlikely to be anytime soon, as Newcastle’s number one priority right now is to try to get a certain Mathieu Debuchy to Tyneside.