St James’ Park turn to Dutch international to boost attack.
Alan Pardew is planning to lure Ajax captain Siem de Jong to St James’ Park and hopes that Ajax are amenable to Newcastle United’s £9m offer, according to the Daily Mail.
It’s been a busy January for the Magpies. Demba Ba left for Chelsea and Mathieu Debuchy finally completed his long awaited move to the North-East. Then captain Fabricio Coloccini stated his intention to move back to his native Argentina and today it appears that Marseille forward Loic Remy, who was due for talks about completing a move to Newcastle United on Sunday, is set to move to QPR instead.
Therefore Pardew will hope that he manages to seal the deal to strengthen his attack with the potential addition of Dutch international De Jong.
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De Jong moved to Ajax’s academy at the age of 16 from De Graafschap and is now in his sixth season in the Amsterdam side’s first team. His efforts over the past two seasons, scoring a total of 33 goals, have helped the club to back to back domestic titles and the forward may feel tempted by a possible move to the Premier League.
The Swiss born forward can also play in a withdrawn role behind a target man. De Jong is Ajax’s top scorer this term, having scored 11 goals in all competitions and given that Frank De Boer’s side have crashed out of the Champions League at the first hurdle and sit in third spot in the Eredivisie the one club man may be ready to consider a fresh option.