Medical completed as Newcastle seal playmaker deal - reliable journalist
By Joe Nelson
Siem De Jong is set to join PSV Eindhoven after putting the finishing touches to a move from Newcastle, according to a reliable journalist.
The Chronicle’s chief sport’s writer Lee Ryder.who has broken multiple Newcastle United-related stories on Twitter over the past few months, claimed on his personal account on Monday morning that the Magpies playmaker has passed a medical at the Dutch club.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 22, 2016
The Chronicle report that De Jong will join PSV on loan after Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez sanctioned the move to allow the injury-plagued attacking midfielder to get more game time.
The 27-year-old will join his brother Luuk at the Dutch champions, who will enjoy Champions League football this season.
Since joining the Magpies two years ago from rival Dutch giants Ajax, De Jong has been hampered by injuries, making just 26 competitive appearances in his stint at the club.
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Speaking to The Chronicle ahead of this weekend’s trip to Bristol City, Benitez said: “I had a conversation with Siem. We both agreed that he has to play.
“He has to play regularly after these years with some little problems.
“I think it was the time to give him a chance to play every week. It’s an opportunity.
The Dutch striker has six appearances for his country, scoring two goals and will now return to the Eredivisie, where he already has 57 goals to his name.
De Jong’s contract at Tyneside runs until the summer of 2020, but it is unclear whether the loan move includes an option-to-buy for the Dutch champions.
“Everything is more or less done – hopefully, he can go to PSV, play and enjoy his football, and afterwards we can bring him back and he can play at the level we know he has.” Benitez added.
“The main thing is that he has to play.
“He can go there and play and reach the level we know he can play at.”
In other Newcastle transfer news, this midfielder has started talks with Euro giants over a big money move.