It certainly doesn’t look like Luuk de Jong will be able to get a permanent deal at Newcastle, given the goal-scoring form (or lack of it) he’s shown in the 10 appearances he’s made at Newcastle on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach, but the club are still interested in his older brother Siem.
Siem de Jong – Newcastle target for the summer
We have been interested in the 25 year-old for a couple of years now, and fifteen months ago it seemed there was a lot of activity with Ajax for the player – but nothing materialized.
Siem turned 25 in January, so he is of the right age for Newcastle, and Siem can play in the withdrawn striker role that Yohan Cabaye filled so well before he left Newcastle in January for PSG.
It seems that Siem will finally leave Ajax in the summer, and he’s been with Ajax since 2005 when he was 16, and he came through the famous Ajax Academy juts like Vurnon Anita, and as you would expect, he’s a very good technical player.
And he told the Dutch press in January that he expected to move on in the summer:
“I plan to leave Ajax – that is my intention. I am ready for a new challenge.”
Siem has only fifteen months left on his contract, and apparently Ajax want around £7M for him, and maybe Newcastle can get even a better deal than that for the 6 times capped (two international goals) Dutch International.
He made his first team debut for Ajax back in September of 2007 against Kozakken Boys as an 18 year-old, and since then he has played 239 times for the Dutch giants with 76 goals, and this season he has 7 goals in just 17 appearances.
And he has leadership skills too, which is what we need at the moment, and Siem has been captain of Ajax since Jan Vertonghen left for Tottenham in the summer of 2012.
Siem is an attacking midfielder who can also play up front as a striker, and we need to bring in midfielders who can score goals this season.
If Newcastle can get the 6’1″ tall Siem de Jong on Tyneside – he would seem to be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle.