Newcastle fire sale continues: Attacker completes switch to title favourites - report
By Danny Wright
Newcastle flop Siem De Jong has completed his move to Ajax, according to a report.
Dutch newspaper Telegraaf claims on it’s website that De Jong, 28, is “definitely” an Ajax player having penned a three-year contract with the Eredivisie titans.
Magpies boss Rafa Benitez has previously confirmed that the attacker is on his way out of St. James’ Park after a miserable three years which saw him make just 26 appearances across all competitions.
It seems that De Jong is now set to return to the Dutch top-flight club from where he signed for Newcastle in 2014 in a £7million deal.
Injuries and a lack of form have hampered the Netherlands international’s stay on Tyneside and he was sent out on loan to PSV for the entirety of last season.
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Newcastle have not been afraid to dispense of a number of players this summer and it seems that the fire sale has continued with De Jong being shown the door.
Emmanuel Riviere, Daryl Murphy, Yoann Gouffran, Vurnon Anita, Florian Thauvin, Sammy Ameobi and Kevin Mbabu have all left the Magpies on permanent deals since last season ended while a number of younger stars have also been shipped out on loan.
Ajax will no doubt be contending for the Eredivisie title this season and SkyBet have them at 11/8 favourites to finish top of the pile.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s almost poetic that De Jong has been able to sort out a move back to Ajax after a miserable spell at St. James’ Park. The Dutchman came with a lot of promise but it was ultimately a spate of serious injuries that ruined his time in England. He showed decent form for PSV last season and that is perhaps what has convinced Ajax that they should re-sign him. De Jong would also make a good replacement for Davy Klaassen, who signed for Everton for over £20million earlier this summer. Benitez will perhaps be over the moon about this deal too as it seems that he may have picked up a bit of cash from the Dutch title contenders, boosting his transfer budget.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies are in a four-club chase for this Premier League outcast.