Siem de Jong has finally left Newcastle and returned to his former club after just over three years on Tyneside since we signed him for £6M in the summer of 2014.
When Siem joined, he had been captain of Ajax who had won four Dutch titles on the trot, so he was on a high, but once he arrived on Tyneside, nothing went right for him.
He kept picking up injuries and could never nail down a first team starting spot at Newcastle, and it seems that Ajax were pleased to sign him back this summer.
It will also be a good move for Siem who can now concentrate on getting his career back on track.
Siem had 22 appearances for Newcastle with two goals over three seasons on Tyneside, so he was certainly not very productive, but now his wages are off the wage bill at Newcastle.
Siem de Jong – moved permanently back to Ajax
De Jong joins striker Emmanuel Riviere in leaving the club recently as Riviere – who also joined three years ago and played only 31 times with 3 goals finally moved to French club, Metz.
De Jong was on loan at PSV Eindhoven, but at the end of the season, the Dutch club did not want to sign Siem permanently.
Siem is said to have cost £4M, so we got all but £2M back on our investment.
Here are the ins and outs in this summer transfer window with Siem being the 14th player to leave the club permanently or on loan this season.
|Javier Manquillo||£4.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Mikel Merino||Loan - season||Borussia Dortmund|
|Transfer Fees In||£34.5M|
|Vurnon Anita||Released||Aston Villa|
|Haris Vuckic||Released||FC Twente|
|Lubo Satka||Released||FC DAC 1904 |
|Kevin Mbabu||£1.0M||Young Boys|
|Matz Sels||Loan - season||Anderlecht|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - season||Bolton|
|Lewis Gibson||£1.0M initially||Everton|
|Daryl Murphy||£2.0M||Nottingham Forest|
|Ivan Toney||Loan - season||Wigan Athletic|
|Siem de Jong||£4.0M||Ajax|
|Grant Hanley||£3.5M||Norwich City|
|Tim Krul||Loan - season||Brighton|
|Achraf Lazaar||Loan - season||Benevento|
|Transfer Fees Out||£22.5M|
We have now spent £37M gross and only £18M net this summer on players.