There are two Dutch International attacking central midfielders who are currently on Newcastle’s radar screen, and we think one of them will be signed in the summer to further strengthen Newcastle’s squad.
Siem De Jong - Newcastle were linked with this player in January
One is a player we were heavily linked with in January, and he’s 24 year-old Siem de Jong, the older brother of former striker target Luuk de Jong, and he’s currently the Ajax captain and has played once for the full Dutch side.
Siem has been a one club player so far in his career, coming through the Ajax Youth Academy and making his debut for the club when he came on as a substitute in September of 2007 against Kozakken Boys, when he was just 18 years old.
De Jong stands 6’1″ tall, and he was born in Switzerland of Dutch parents, but the family moved back to Holland in 1995, when Siem was just six years old, and he joined the Ajax Youth Academy in 2005 from De Graafschap.
Siem is a very good technical player, and he’s played 200 times for Ajax with 65 goals, and we hope Newcastle were in negotiations last month with Ajax to bring him to the club in the summer, as was widely reported – he would be a terrific acquisition for Newcastle.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 22 year-old PSV play-maker
The other player the local Newcastle papers have said is a target of Newcastle this summer is 22 year-old PSV play-maker Georginio Wijnaldum, who stands 5’8″ tall and recently broke into the full Holland senior squad, and has two caps and one goal for his country.
Wijnaldum started his career at Feyenoord and made his debut in April, 2007 in the Eredivisie, and he played against FC Groningen, when he was just 16 years and 148 days old (approximately).
He was at Feyenoord until the summer of 2011 when at age 20, he was transferred to PSV for €5M (£4.3M) and at Feyenoord he has played 134 times with 25 goals and 11 assists.
And he has an excellent record at PSV, having played 81 times with 32 goals and 14 assists. So at just 22 he has already played 215 times with 57 goals and 25 assists, and that’s not a bad record at all.
Newcastle were first interested in this lad about a year ago and he certainly looks to be a player who could improve big time if Newcastle got him on Tyneside.
We think Newcastle will go after a center-back if Coloccini leaves the club, a central midfield player and a striker this summer to fill out the squad, and these are the two central midfield players we seem to be after.
Either one of the lads would be very good acquisitions – who do you think we should sign.
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