Newcastle United Target Dutchman To Replace Arsenal Bound Defender

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Netherlands international could join former Ajax teammate Siem de Jong on Tyneside.

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Newcastle United have lined up Ajax right-back Ricardo van Rhijn as a replacement for Mathieu Debuchy, according to Chronicle Live.

The Magpies seem resigned to losing France star Debuchy, with a move to either Paris Saint-Germain or Arsenal on the cards this summer.

Debuchy’s departure will be a big blow for the Tynesiders.

The 28-year-old, who moved to St James’ Park from Lille 18 months ago, was one of  Newcastle’s best performers last season.

In 29 Premier League appearances, he made 95 tackles, 65 interceptions and 138 clearances, as well as blocking 12 shots.

His fine form earned him a call-up to France’s World Cup squad and he started four games at the FIFA super tournament, being selected ahead of former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna.

Newcastle signed midfielder Siem de Jong from Ajax earlier this week and they plan to return to Amsterdam to recruit a man to fill the hole that Debuchy will leave.

Van Rhijn, 23, played in 32 Eredivisie games last term, as well as making six appearances in the Champions League and two in the Europa League.

He is strong going forward, with the ability to deliver excellent crosses.

Chelsea and Everton have also tracked Van Rhijn during the past 12 months.

Van Rhijn has been capped seven times by the Netherlands at senior international level, but he did not go to the World Cup with Louis van Gaal’s men.

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