AJAX captain Siem de Jong was last night confirmed as Newcastle United’s third summer signing after putting pen to paper on a six-year deal.
De Jong joined for an undisclosed fee understood to be in the region of £6m.
The transfer progressed at real pace yesterday after Newcastle reignited their interest in the 25-year-old.
De Jong left Ajax’s pre-season training camp in Austria to fly to Tyneside after the clubs agreed a fee, and swiftly agreed personal terms before passing a medical.
The attacking midfielder – who is the brother of former Newcastle loanee Luuk – was about to enter the final 12 months of his contract with the Dutch giants.
After completing his move, de Jong said: “It’s great to have signed for Newcastle.
“It is a big club which my brother told me all about, so I already feel good here.
“I had been at Ajax a long time and wanted a new challenge in a new environment and a new country.
“Coming to Newcastle is a great opportunity and the chance to play for a club like this in the Premier League was one I could not turn down.
“I am looking forward to starting training and meeting my new team-mates, and hopefully we can have a successful season.”
He later Tweeted: “Time for a new step in my life and in my career, #Ajax I will never forget you #THANKYOU @NUFC here I come!”
De Jong had been on Alan Pardew’s shopping list for some time, and the United boss was delighted to land his man.
He said: “We are absolutely overjoyed to bring Siem to the club, because he will give us intelligence in the final third and create goalscoring situations, which we lacked towards the end of last season.
“It is a big signing for this club.
“Siem brings massive experience from Ajax, I think our fans are going to enjoy the way he plays and I cannot wait to start working with him.”
De Jong suffered an injury-hit season last term, which cost him his place in the Dutch World Cup squad.
The attacking midfielder leaves Ajax on the back of four Dutch titles in a row, while he has six caps for the Netherlands.
De Jong has also impressed in the Champions League, and hit the headlines in 2012 when he scored three times in two games against Manchester City.
The midfielder, who enjoys playing in the No 10 role and can also play up front, has four times scored more than 15 goals in a season, so should add an extra goal threat in the middle of the park for Newcastle.
He struck 78 times in almost 250 games for Ajax.