The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle are going after Ajax captain Siem de Jong, and the club are willing to pay out £9M to get the player to Tyneside in the next couple of weeks.
Siem de Jong – a Newcastle target
De Jong is only 23, and can play as an attacking midfielder or up front as a withdrawn striker, and he has one Dutch cap, and has 196 appearances for the Dutch Champions with an impressive 64 goals, since making his debut back in 2007 as an 18 year-old.
And this season he has 13 goals in 27 appearances for Ajax, but we wonder if Ajax would be willing to let their captain leave mid-way through the season?
De Jong has two years remaining on his Ajax contract, and the reports in Holland are that he is keen to become a free agent and run down his contract, so that may be a hurdle Newcastle will have to overcome in the 16 days left in this transfer window.
Siem is the older brother of former Newcastle target Luuk de Jong, who went to Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer, after Newcastle failed in their attempt to bring the top young striker to Tyneside.
We have to think it will be very difficult to get this lad into the club in the next 16 days, although he does look a class player, and a number of German clubs are also interested in acquiring the Ajax captain, so there will be severe competition.
And the Mail report says that Alan Pardew will be pushing for a Champions League place next season and wants more class in the team, but we are just hoping we can survive in the Premier League this season – first things first.
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