Siem de Jong will add skills, goals and leadership to the Newcastle side, and we probably got the top player on Tyneside at a very reasonable fee too, since he only had one year left on his contract at Ajax, who he had been with for nine years.
Siem de Jong – six year deal
Siem signed a six year deal and a couple of weeks ago he has made it plain he was anxious to sing for the club when he said Newcastle were simply a great club.
This is what Siem said after the signing:
“It is great to have signed for Newcastle. It is a big club which my brother told me all about, so I already feel good here.”
“I had been at Ajax a long time and wanted a new challenge in a new environment and a new country.” “Coming to Newcastle is a great opportunity and the chance to play for a club like this in the Premier League was one I could not turn down.”
“I am looking forward to starting training and meeting my new teammates and hopefully we can have a successful season.””
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was happy (and probably relieved) that the club had signed a top player and he had this to say about Siem:
“We are absolutely overjoyed to bring Siem to the Club because he will give us intelligence in the final third and create goal-scoring situations, which we lacked towards the end of last season.”
“It is a big signing for this Club. Siem brings massive experience from Ajax, I think our fans are going to enjoy the way he plays, and I cannot wait to start working with him.”
Siem was captain of Ajax for two years so he also brings leadership as well as his vast experience to Newcastle.
He is a versatile player and can play in midfield, in a number 10 role or up front as a striker and he scored 78 goals in 244 appearances while at Ajax.
The transfer fee was not disclosed, but it was likely to be low because he had just one year left on his contract.
And yesterday was also the first day of the summer transfer window – so maybe we have other signings lined up who will be announced – before players start reporting back at the end of the week.
de Jomg is an exciting signing for Newcastle.