Newcastle Utd seal deal for Ajax skipper De Jong

Siem De Jong
Siem De Jong

NEWCASTLE United have signed Ajax captain Siem De Jong in a £6m deal.

The 25-year-old Dutch international can play as either an attacking midfielder or a striker.

De Jong came through the youth system at Ajax, and has appeared almost 250 times for the Dutch giants, scoring 78 goals, and was appointed their captain in the summer of 2012.

The Holland international will join fellow new arrivals Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback at St James’s Park.

He has been on Newcastle’s radar for some time, and the club revived their interest in the Ajax captain this week.

De Jong is the brother of former Newcastle loanee Luuk.

“It is great to have signed for Newcastle. It is a big club which my brother told me all about, so I already feel good here,” he said.

“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.”

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew added: “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.”