Newcastle Now Interested In Ajax Center-Back

Newcastle have been linked with 22 year-old Dutch International midfielder Marco van Ginkel of Chelsea this summer, but a new name mentioned in the Chronicle today is 23 year-old Ajax center-back Joel Veltman – who Newcastle are said to be interested in signing this summer.

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Joel Veltman – Ajax and Holland center-back

And with Daryl Janmaat being our best player last season in his first season on Tyneside, it’s hardly surprising that Newcastle will go back and take a good hard look at the Holland market for players, and Steve McClaren will be helpful in doing that.

Newcastle also have a number of targets in the home market they will go after with Charlie Austin topping that list.

Joel Veltman has played in the Ajax first team for three seasons now,  and last season played 37 times with 3 goals for the Amsterdam side.

In total has made 110 total appearances with 8 goals over the last three seasons.

He started his career at VV IJmuiden in his home town of Velsen before joining Ajax in 20001 and he came through the famous Youth Academy in Amsterdam.

He made his first team debut for Ajax in August, 2012, in the away match against N.E.C. in Nijmegen, coming on as a substitute and he;s been a first team regular basically ever since.

At 6 ft tall he’s not particularly a big center-back, but is highly regarded in Holland and has 7 caps for Holland.

Veltman made his debut for Holland in November 2013 in the game against Colombia, and played the full 90 minutes in the 0–0 draw at the Amsterdam Arena.

Joel has three years left on his contract at Ajax,  and Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham were both linked with the player.

He was named as part of the 23-man Holland squad for the finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil last summer by manager Louis van Gaal, and will know all about Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat at Newcastle.

Newcastle are thought to want to bring in two good center-backs this summer, and maybe Joel will be one of them.

What do you think?

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