Update from Wednesday, July 2
The official Newcastle Twitter feed provided the following details:
Premier League side Newcastle are on the verge of completing the summer signing of attacking midfielder Siem de Jong from Eredivisie side Ajax.
The 25-year-old playmaker is on his way to England to finalise the deal, and confirmation of the transfer is expected in the next couple of days. Newcastle’s interest in the Swiss-born Dutchman is no secret and, as reported by Steve Bates of the Mirror earlier this year, has been touted as the potential long-term replacement for Yohan Cabaye—who departed St James’ Park for French side Paris Saint-Germain in January.
Is Siem de Jong a worthy replacement for Cabaye?
De Jong has been a tremendous servant to the club and was instrumental in helping the Amsterdam giants to four consecutive Eredivisie crowns. Injuries plagued his progress during 2013/14 and ultimately cost him a place in Louis van Gaal’s World Cup squad. Nevertheless, he still registered nine league goals to take his overall tally for Ajax to 78 and departs after seven successful seasons in the first team under his belt.
According to Michael Bell of FootballOranje.com, De Jong was "granted permission to leave Ajax’s training camp in Austria" in order to complete the formalities. It is believed that De Jong has already passed a medical and he should join up with his new team-mates, including former Ajax man Vurnon Anita, in the coming days.
In regards to the transfer fee, no official announcement has been made by either club. However, the Mirror’s Simon Bird speculated earlier this week that the Ajax man is rated at around £9 million. De Jong’s younger brother, Luuk, had previously spent a portion of last season on loan at Newcastle but has since returned to parent club Borussia Monchengladbach after failing to score in a dozen Magpies appearances.
Fans of the Premier League club will be hoping that the older sibling will enjoy a much more productive time on Tyneside.
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