Ajax star Vurnon Anita closes in on NUFC move

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VURNON Anita was today finalising a move to Newcastle United from Ajax – and Alan Pardew’s hoping he won’t be the club’s last signing.

Ajax have accepted a bid of £6.6m for the versatile Holland international.

And the 22-year-old, understood to be on Tyneside to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical, is expected to sign a five-year deal at St James’s Park.

Should Anita commit to United, he will be the club’s most significant acquisition yet this summer.

The utility player – who play play at left-back and in central midfield – will follow the low-key arrivals of Romain Amalfitano, Curtis Good and Gael Bigirimana.

Anita told reporters in Holland he was heading for Newcastle for talks after playing in Ajax’s season-opener against AZ Alkmaar yesterday.

“Newcastle is a big club, which did very well last year,” said Anita.

“Ajax and Newcastle have reached an agreement, but I have not spoken to Newcastle yet.

“The complete picture must be good. If talks do not go well, I will stay at Ajax, but I think everything will be all right.”

United manager Alan Pardew is keen to see more new faces arrive at St James’s Park ahead of a potentially gruelling campaign at home and abroad.

The club still has an interest in Lille’s Mathieu Debuchy, while a deal for FC Twente’s Douglas could be pushed through between now and the end of the month.

And Pardew has put his faith in Derek Llambias, Newcastle’s managing director, to get the deals “over the line”.

“The feelings I have given to the board, and to Derek (Llambias) and Lee (Charnley), who do the deals, is that we really need to try to get somebody if we can,” said Pardew after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Cardiff City.

“If we can, we can. If we can’t, we can’t. They’ll do their utmost – like they have all summer – to get somebody over the line.”