NEWCASTLE United will step up their chase for Ajax ace Vurnon Anita this week.
The Magpies have been monitoring Anita for a number of months, and have finally made a move for the versatile player.
Talks are just at a preliminary stage, however, with representatives of the Dutch international weighing up the £7m-rated player’s options.
The 23-year-old, who can play as a defensive midfielder and as a full-back, has enjoyed back-to-back Eredivisie titles with Ajax.
Anita is one of a number of Dutch players scouted by Graham Carr, and is seen as someone who can fill the problem left-back spot as well as providing cover in the centre of midfield should Cheik Tiote move on this summer.
Anita’s representative Harry Lulofs said: “Ajax are very satisfied with him and want to keep him, but Newcastle have been watching him for a long time and really want to sign him.
“This is the first offer Ajax have received for Vurnon and we’ll soon see how they react.
“The only other Premier League club to get in touch was Norwich. Paul Lambert called me to ask about him.
“Now he has moved to Aston Villa so maybe they will be in touch. I don’t know.”
Anita has three caps with Holland, but missed out on Euro 2012 when coach Bert van Marwijk cut his provisional 27-man squad down to 23.
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