There is news in the Daily Mirror today that Newcastle have lodged a double bid to take both Vurnon Anita and Gregory van der Wiel from Ajax to Newcastle United, in a bold £10M double bid.
Vurnon Anita – Newcastle go in with double bid
We have no idea if this is true, but the rumors were that Newcastle were going in with an increased bid for Anita, thought to be about £7M for the 23 year-old, and it could be that they have priced van der Weil at around £3M.
That’s not too bad a price, given that the 24 year-old right back has just one year left on his contract, and Ajax have made it clear they will not renew the Dutch International’s contract next summer, and therefore will want to sell him this summer.
But the news is that Arsene Wenger is also interested in Gregory van der Wiel, and the fee that Arsenal will offer is said to be £7M, but that seems a bit high for a player who will be available for nothing next summer.
It’s also true that Ajax have offered Vurnon Anita a new improved deal to stay at the Dutch Champions, since they don’t want to lose him, so if this news is true, it could mean that Newcastle are looking to bring both Dutch Internationals in this summer.
It would also mean they have given up on Lille’s 27 year-old Mathieu Debuchy, and we have a hard job believing that to be true.
Alan Pardew repeated yesterday that he still wants to see three new players through the door this summer, so with the news that West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said yesterday they will not be signing Andy Carroll, maybe the three could be Anita, van der Weil and big Andy?
We don’t know what the truth is, but Newcastle need to move fairly quickly to ensure the Newcastle squad is further strengthened, and before the transfer window closes on September 2nd.
What do you think?
For the record 24 year-old Gregory van der Weil has played 184 times for Ajax and 35 times for Holland, and 23 year-old Anita has played 137 times for Ajax and three times for Holland.