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Newcastle Now Interested In Ajax Center-Back

8:33 am, Thursday, June 25th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

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?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Premier League · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jun 25, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Ashley Out !

  • 2 LGFUAD21 // Jun 25, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Re: thauvin

    Good. He’s naff. Honestly think Cabella is a better prospect if we can get him playing in this league.

    If we can’t, then I can’t see thauvin who doesn’t seem to have a great character anyway. Like a young hazzard without the ability. Let it get to his head.

    I’d rather us get more powerful direct wingers than showboating tricksters. people in the mould of Milner would do nicely.

    I however, am not yet concerned about the lack of signings. Key word being yet.

    Only Liverpool have made signings really. However I would expect movement next week. That’s when I’ll start worrying.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jun 25, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    From previous. It is a real waste the mismanagement of Anita’s career. I still stand by my theory that he was only bought because they thought Cabaye or Tiote would be sold, when they weren’t he became surplus and when he was needed, Pardews lack of knowledge of a player he most likely didn’t want and didn’t know much about seemed to tell on him. Hopefully with better coaches and hopefully a defined style of play we’ll see the best of him. On Tiote, personally I would like to see him stay but I have no problem with him leaving if we improve in that area. Absolyte madness to let Cisse leave this summer without getting TWO strikers in first.

  • 4 derekm // Jun 25, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Liverpool have made early signings as they know exactly who they are shipping out and want to get replacementsin knowing exactly how much the will get for these offcasts. Sterling will go, Glen johnson and maybe a couple of others, so they have signed a full back and an attacking midfielder, common sense really.

  • 5 thevirus // Jun 25, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    This kid seems like a good prospect and a good signing for us, definitely better than cool,willo and sailor. Hopefully we can get him signed up but not holding my breath. Agree with jfa can’t sell cisse without first getting some replacements in first

  • 6 thevirus // Jun 25, 2015 at 8:55 AM


  • 7 why oh why // Jun 25, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Jail the Ashley out thing is old now
    Your beginning to bore everyone

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 25, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Tiote rarely started under McClaren at Twente, in his last season there he was involved in 42 games. He was subbed on in 25 of those, subbed off in 11. He only completed 6 games. We need to sell players, and I think based on that Tiote is probably one McClaren would be okay parting ways with.

    Anita certainly suffered through our style of play, or lack of. McClaren should be able to get more out of him, and hopefully get him back on course. He looked good against West Ham, but they rolled over so it is difficult to judge. We have a number of centre mids, so they are all going to have to hit the ground running to make an earn their spot for the Southampton match.

  • 9 lochinvar // Jun 25, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    West Ham have clearly pulled a fast one with their deal on the Olympic Stadium which allows them the ability to splash the cash elsewhere.
    Wonder if the FA or FIFA will check out what’s going on ?
    Must be nice for them to be subsidised by the taxpayer.

    Dimitri Payet, 28, is expected to have a medical at West Ham United today after the club agreed a £10.7m deal to sign the attacking midfielder from Marseille. (Times – subscription required)

  • 10 jane // Jun 25, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    £70k a week to play football 😯
    gets some local lads to play for a fraction.

  • 11 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Why oh why,
    The Ashley out thing is still incredibly relevant. He hasn’t demonstrated a new era at the club yet, and focus should be kept upon him until such time as he has. Just because they want the slate wiped clean, doesn’t mean it should be. Particularly as so far nothing has changed significantly.

  • 12 kakaobi // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Can’t believe I haven’t been linked yet I only gave up playing 23 years ago I’m sure I have at least 1 good season in me at 70k a week haha

  • 13 kakaobi // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    And before anyone asks no I don’t want to be coach I’ll never be anyone’s number 2 just ask my wife after I’ve finished the hoovering and dishes of course

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Another perfect example of common sense was Swanseas signing of Gomis six months before Bony got sold. That gave him six months to bed in and get used to their playing style. We on the other hand would have assessed the situation in January after Bony was sold before deciding on whether to replace him or not

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