There was news from Sky Sports yesterday that Newcastle United target Vurnon Anita has told his club Ajax that he wants to leave the club.
Conflicting reports on this player – Vernon Anita
And if you are to believe the reports over the last couple of months, Newcastle have already bid £5M for the Dutch International, but the club want £8M.
There’s no doubt that Anita is keen to make the move to Tyneside and the reports over the last couple of weeks is that he’s hoping that Newcastle will come back in with a better offer.
But then Ajax Director of Football Marc Overmars yesterday dismissed reports that Newcastle had already bid for the 23 year-old holding midfielder, as he told told Voetbal International:
“If Frank de Boer wants to keep him, Vurnon should just stay at Ajax.” “His contract has two more years left on it and we are very pleased with him. In the two weeks I have been in this role with Ajax I have heard nothing from Newcastle.”
Now to be fair, that could mean that Newcastle have not bid in the last couple of weeks, but had a previous offer turned down – maybe.
It does seem that the news is true that Anita has already held discussions with Marc Overmars, and he told the former Arsenal and Barcelona winger that he wants to join the Premier League.
But just in case you believe that Anita has handed in a transfer request here’s what his agent Harry Lulofs said yesterday in Ajax Life:
“We have spoken with Frank de Boer and want to have a meeting with Overmars, as he has control over it.” “But there was no meeting yesterday. Hopefully it is just a matter of weeks.”
Anita’s contract with Ajax expires in 2014 so here’s a simple question:
What’s the status of the Anita deal?
My head is spinning and it’s not the whisky.
We have no idea what the status is, and yes, there have been reports that Sunderland were also interested in the midfielder, but whether that’s true we also have no idea.
That news was from Harry Lulofs, his agent, who said on 13th July that
“Clubs like Aston Villa, Norwich City, Sunderland and Newcastle United have asked about the status of the player.”
“This is quite normal because Vurnon Anita was one of the best players in the Ajax team in the last two years and will be one of the new Dutch internationals.”
“But only Newcastle United have made a written offer to Ajax, who didn’t want to let the player go for that money.”
The agent mau not have been accurate in saying that Newcastle had made a written offer for Anita, so we wonder is he’s any more accurate saying that Sunderland are interested.
And don’t forget the agent’s job is simply to drum up interest in his client, so he can get him sold – and make some money.