Newcastle Put In New Imporved Bid For Transfer Target

It seems that the clubs who have some of Newcastle’s transfer targets this summer are adamant in trying to keep their players at the club, and news today that Ajax have offered Vurnon Anita a new contract, and it looks a good one too. The other news on Anita is that Newcastle have put in a second bid of €9.5M for the Dutchman.

Vurnon Anita – Newcastle bid €9.5M for Ajax player?

The news is in the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf and it seems it’s a move to hold off the club that has been after him all summer – Newcastle.

Ajax Director of Football Marc Overmars tells the newspaper:

“We do not want to lose Vurnon. That’s why we have made him an offer to sign with us until 2015 or 2016.”  “The coaching staff has been very clear.”

“Vurnon is very important for the team and we do not want to let him go. With his new contract he would be one of the highest earners at Ajax and his services will be appreciated.”

Of course even with this new lucrative contract, it’s likely that Newcastle will still be able to offer the Dutchman better terms, but this is a case in point, where a player Newcastle are after comes out of it in better shape, even if they don’t join Newcastle.

The newspaper is also reporting that Newcastle are readying an improved offer for the player, but it’s hard to believe, because they say it’s €9.5M, and our first offer was supposed to be for just €5M.

There’s just no way Newcastle would be offering around £7.6M for the Dutch International.

Newcastle have been watching Anita in pre-season and he’s looked impressive, but there’s even a possibility that the player will accept the new offer from Ajax, which is what his father is telling the newspaper:

“Vurnon is keeping all his options open. He wants to see what other countries can offer, but Ajax have offered this contract to show how much they want him.”

But money isn’t everything, well not with a certain percentage of players that is, and Anita has already said he would love to play in the Premier League, and has talked in lyrical terms about a certain Newcastle United Football club.

On July 1st,  this is what Anita had to say about a potential move in  Ajax Life:

“Newcastle are a beautiful club. I’m open to anything. We’ll see what happens, but there’s nothing wrong with listening to Ajax and what interested clubs have to say.”

“I will seriously consider anything that comes up. Does it matter to me that Newcastle are not in the Champions League?  –  No.”  ”However, I’m an Ajax player for now. I’m focusing on Ajax.”

“Newcastle’s interest has made me think about a potential transfer, though. It’s a sign that I’m on the right track and have to keep this up. I haven’t set a deadline for when I want clarity. I’ll just see how this pans out.”

This is what his agent Harry  Lulofs said on July 20th, which is probably where the €9M fee comes from:

“It’s not correct that Vurnon asked Ajax for a transfer” “It’s correct that Newcastle made an offer for him, but I don’t know how high this was.”   “They never tell me. Ajax did tell me that he can only leave when Newcastle pays an exceptional fee. They didn’t say how high that fee should be.”

“I think €9m is a decent fee,””If my information’s right, that’s what Tottenham paid for Vertonghen. Vurnon is a midfielder, so I think a fee around the €9M seems fair.”  “Newcastle is a nice club,”  ”They play for the top five places in the Premier League and they want to join the Champions League.”

“Besides, that it’s a nice city. Vurnon is ready for a new step. He lives for his sport and is a real warrior. He’s also very good in one-touch football.”

This is another transfer that has dragged on, since Newcastle are said to have put in an initial bid of €5M for the player some weeks ago, and we’d be surprised if Newcastle have bid €9.5M for Anita, even if they have put in a second bid.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 4, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #1

    “Newcastle are a beautiful club, I’m open to anything”

    Sounds a little easy imo.

  • pbNcl

    Aug 4, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s nee scharner

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 4, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #3

    pb…If you have that attitude, then what is the point in signing anyone?

    Thinking about it, what is the point in signing anyone if we cannot have Paul?

    What is the point in living without the great man playing in black and white?

    Oh God, here we go again.

  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 4, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #4

    sorry i just can not handle another transfer saga ..

  • PortsladeToon

    Aug 4, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #5

    I heard last night he had just signed a new contract at Ajax

  • nimo

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    14million vurnon and vdw soumds good to me. and they have a friend in timmy krul at the club.. problem with all these frenchies n dutchies is there prone to an arguement.. pards has his work cut out

  • sks_toon

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #7

    At this point I don’t care I just want to get players in, Anita would be very nice and can play at LB too which is helpful…

  • TorqToon

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Anybody know if the den Haag game is on tv?

  • Toonboy_84

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Morning lads. Just logged in and we’re still talking about scharner’s nuts……. Or scharner and nuts 😉

    What did transfer sage say then? I missed it.

  • Lee Dodd

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #10

    We Need Debouchy More Than We Need Anita why the Hell dont we just Bid £6 Million and get It Sorted !!!

  • Tsunki

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #11

    pbncl – is this the new ‘he aint no messi’?

    If i is, I’m in ha ha.

    New! Improved Offer! Washes Whiter and more optimistically than any other offer! For Brighter hopes and a Cleaner Blog use New Improved Lucrative Offer! (May cause false expectations, not guaranteed to wash every fans’ brain. Does not remove Transfer Sages).

  • dmac

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Random Question – Brazil play Honduras at st james tonight, i read on bbc tyne and wear there are 1000 tickets made available at the gate for tonight. Im desperate to view something olympic related (taking the nephew). However im like a 4 hour drive and the tickets are not on the olympic website. As i understand it St James no longer has a ticket office number to call? Anyone correct me there? Wondering whether to just risk it and drive.

  • Tsunki

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #13

    There’s a raccoon on Sky News predicting olympic results. Apparently it correctly predicted Spains’ footy success recently. Perhaps we are actually pursuing the bl**dy raccoon.

  • toon1707

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Right that’s it had enough now of all the transfer rumours. This is what will happen, we won’t sign anyone as we won’t pay the money but we finished 5th last season and the full squad are having a good pre season to gel a bit more with some of the young players looking almost ready for the first team so that’s an improvement so we will finish 2nd in the league qualify for the champions league and then with the money we saved this transfer window added to the money for 2nd and qualifying for the champions league ashley will shock the world bringing in Ronaldo,Messi and xavi for a go at winning the champions league. Remember you heard it here first

  • Kyo

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #15

    Ajax went on a big run when Anita went from defender to midfielder. 6th to 1st I believe. He is a big signing for us.

  • SpaceGhost

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #16

    re post

    Dunno about u guys but I feel once Debuchy or Van der Wiel signs for us, the only area we really need to address is the all important CB position. Saylor is fine when fit but I’m hoping we get Douglas or Mbiwa. With Curtis waiting in the wing, defensively we are sorted. I dont mind if we sign that Rhys Williams fella, that Aussie defender over at Boro to help out Curtis settle in.

    If our 2 Senegalese strikers shown us it benefits the club, can’t see why 2 Aussie defenders won’t emulate the same understanding.

    Every other area in our 1st team are international level players with the exception of Saylor & Willo. Having said that, Anita & a top young ST such as Guidetti or Senegal’s Olimpic player, Moussa Konate will def take this already strong team to the next level.

    Hope tonite’s match in Holland leads us to some Dutch signings over the weekend. Lets keep it positive here guys. C’mon Ashley! Stop sitting on yer fat wallet:)

  • Tsunki

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #17

    toon1707 – damn right, sir! I think the reason we don’t bust our nuts buying at any price is because the coaching staff have already set in mind that we have a good enough core now to continue a good run next season. If we appreciate that games makes players, the only way for the younguns to break through is to get them on the grass asap. IF we get one of our targets then OK, but if not, we have the squad to at least do what we did last year, I have the faith.

    I just can’t wait to talk some sense about footy again, but mostly I cant wait to talk sense… 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #18

    Plus I am desperately trying not to care if we sign anyone or not.


  • roadfighter

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #19

    @ toon1707 – sounds good to me.. but instead of Xavi, let’s rather take Iniesta or that other kid Alexis, I heard he’s quite good…

  • mickg108

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #20

    http://www.Firstrowsports,eu 16.00 KO Ado Haag V Toon.

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #21

    Please- ” Just do it”. Anita would be a snip and really
    provide much needed ball retention and an added conveyor belt
    to our creative players. Playing alongside Tiote and behind but linking with Ben Arfa, Cabaye and Marveaux etc. He is quick but is neat and tidy . Just sign him he perfectly fits the value for money line mentioned a month ago by Carr and would be a big piece of the
    jig saw Pardew is looking for if we are to move onwards and upwards.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #22

    I watched the Norwich v Ajax friendly last Tuesday online, Anita was a passenger in an otherwise well drilled but uninspiring performance by Ajax (70% possession and nary a threatening shot on goal). He did a couple of neat things but – curiously – looked uncomfortable on the ball at times and was probably the worst Ajax player on the field (always remembering Ajax are a damned fine side technically).

    For £3.5m, maybe worth a punt. For £7m, stick with Simpson and hold onto the cash for someone a lot better. Anita could get crushed in the Prem I fear…

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #23

    Lee Dodd- Have you not heard of the Ashley/Pardew/Carr transfer
    mantra. Anita is 23 and has not yet peaked either as a talent or from a potential re- sale aspect.

  • english yeoman

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #24

    Stick that in your browser and save it as a favourite and you shall never have a need to ask for links again – it updates daily with multiple links to all televised footy – all donations will be gratefully accepted in liquid form, black horse, monkseaton…

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #25

    Spot Kid- Don’t take my opinion for it but Carr!… Emm let me think about it emmm. Did you ever watch Shearer in a pre season friendly?

  • toon1707

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #26

    On a serious note I do think a couple of playeers will be brought in however like Tsunki if not I think our squad is good enough to replicate last season Marvaux looks quality hopefully get a full season out of him, Taylor the same and Ben arfa only came in to the team in about January so that’s 3 players to add to last seasons success not signins I know but will help us push on a bit I think come on not long now just get behind the club and we will see what happens


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