Pardew hails Newcastle’s capture of ‘exceptionally talented’ Anita

VURNON ANITA ... signed a five-year deal with Newcastle United today.

VURNON ANITA ... signed a five-year deal with Newcastle United today.

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VURNON Anita today joined Newcastle United in a £6.6m deal.

The 23-year-old has signed a five-year deal at the club after leaving Ajax.

Anita, a Holland international, can play at left-back and in central midfield.

United manager Alan Pardew said: “We’re delighted to secure the services of Vurnon.

“He’s an exceptionally talented footballer with great technical ability, which is exactly what I’m looking at in a player.

“At 23 years-old, we hope his best years are at Newcastle.

“He has come through the Ajax youth system, which is world-renowned for bringing players up the right way.

“I’m sure he’ll fit seamlessly into the squad of players we have here.

“Vurnon has done his pre-season, and indeed already played one competitive game, so he’s up to speed and ready to play when I need him.”

Anita will wear the No8 shirt at Newcastle.

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