We had an article out a few days ago about Newcastle being interested in 25 year-old Siem de Jong, who is the older brother of Luuk, and there is news in the Mirror today that Newcastle have the Dutch midfielder/striker high on their transfer list, and want to sign him in the summer.
Siem de Jong – Newcastle linked with Ajax captain
The Mirror is saying that once Yohan Cabaye was sold in January, Siem became one of the top targets, but we have been interested in the midfielder/striker for over two years now.
In January of 2012, we were first linked with him when we were after Luuk, and Luuk became our number one target in the summer of 2012, but he joined Borussia Monchengladbach.
Luuk is now on loan at Newcastle, but he didn’t play at all in yesterday’s 1-0 defeat at Stoke, which was our 11th defeat in 16 league games and the 8th defeat in the last 11 league games.
It’s now unlikely Newcastle will sign Luuk, but Siem is different, and he has only fifteen months left on his contract, and Ajax want around £7M for him and he can play either in midfield or as a striker up front.
He made his first team debut for Ajax way back in September of 2007 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 Siem has been captain of Ajax since Jan Vertonghen left for Tottenham in the summer of 2012.
We think Siem would be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle.