Newcastle will be represented tonight at Carrow Road to watch Ajax take on Chris Hughton’s Norwich City, and they will be scouting Vurnon Anita, and the news is that Sunderland are also very keen on the Dutch full-back come defensive midfielder.
Vurnon Anita - in action against Red devils last season
The news earlier this summer was that Newcastle had a €5M bid turned down by Ajax for the player, and since then Vurnon has made it clear he wants to join the Magpies.
And from what we’ve heard about this lad, he is a very good technical player and versatile too, because he played last season in defensive midfield for Ajax (36 appearances) and the season before that, he played at left back (45 times).
There is no panic going on within the Newcastle hierarchy at the moment, even though it’s August tomorrow, and the Magpies have still to sign their first senior player in this summer’s transfer window.
The 23-year-old Anita has looked very good in pre-season, and if Newcastle are not to be beaten to the player by Sunderland, they will need to decide quickly if they want the Dutch International, and then put in an increased bid for him.
Otherwise he could well end up playing in red and white stripes next season – and that would not be good.
The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that sources at Carrow Road (Chris?) say a Newcastle request for a place in the directors’ box has been been received for tonight’s game.
If this is all true, we could well see another Newcastle bid lodged for Vurnon shortly, but if he plays well tonight, then Sunderland could also go in with a bid, and we’re not too good at bidding high for players these days, and Sunderland will likely bid higher for Anita, if they are really keen on him.
It’s starting to be crunch time for Newcastle with some of their targets like Debuchy, Douglas, Carroll and Anita – and we’d love to see this Dutch international join Newcastle’s ranks this summer.
He looks a good player and he could do a job at Newcastle.
What do you think?