Benitez confirms another attacker on verge of Newcastle exit
By Danny Wright
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has confirmed that Siem De Jong is on the verge of leaving St. James’ Park.
The Dutch attacker, 28, is now poised to leave the Magpies after striker Emmanuel Riviere had his transfer to Ligue 1 side FC Metz confirmed on Friday.
The Newcastle Chronicle has reported that De Jong is set to re-sign for his former club Ajax by the end of this weekend, ending his turbulent three-year spell on Tyneside which has seen him struggle with serious injuries.
Benitez has now made it clear that after Riviere’s departure, De Jong is set to follow in his footsteps, and that could free up some funds to improve the Newcastle first-team.
“Rivière has gone and De Jong is close to going. We are trying to move players in,” said Benitez, as quoted by Newcastle Chronicle chief sports writer Lee Ryder on his personal Twitter account on Friday.
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Rafa: "Rivière has gone and De Jong is close to going. We are trying to move players in." #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 25, 2017
De Jong spent last season on loan at PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie where he scored seven goals in 25 appearances in all contests, even finding the net against Ajax in the process.
The six-times Netherlands international signed for the Magpies in 2014 but after three years and just 26 appearances, his spell on Tyneside now looks to finally be at an end.
It remains to be seen who Newcastle might be bring in with the money garnered from the sales of De Jong and Riviere, but the Chronicle has recently reported that they have held talks with Inter Milan over a move for Stevan Jovetic.