By Derek Smithson
Newcastle could listen to offers for attacking midfielder Siem de Jong this summer, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim that the 28-year-old will return to St James’ Park in the summer following his loan at PSV Eindhoven last season.
It is understood that the Dutchman wants to prove his qualities during the pre-season and play a part in their Premier League campaign next year.
The report details the Magpies have not received any offer for De Jong, but would be prepared to listen to any moves for him.
De Jong has endured a frustrating time since his £6million move to Newcastle in 2014 from Ajax and made just 26 appearances for them.
He was sent out on loan to PSV last year to prove his fitness as he has been plagued by injury during his time in England.
The central attacking midfield made 23 senior appearances across all competitions, scoring six goals and supplying one assist in return.
Rafael Benitez is keen to add some extra quality to his squad ahead of a top flight return next season and it’s unclear whether De Jong can force his way into contention.
Football Insider verdict:
Newcastle should seriously consider keeping De Jong for next season if he can prove his fitness over the summer. The 28-year-old has been hit by a number of injuries since he joined the north-east club and fans are yet to see his full potential. However, he has shown elsewhere that he can be a great goal threat and would certainly bolster Benitez’s options if he was fully fit. De Jong made 244 appearances for former club Ajax in the past, scoring 78 goals and supplying 48 assists in return. The Magpies will need players to chip in with goals from all over the pitch next year and the Dutchman could aid that if breaks into the first-team plans during the pre-season.
In other Newcastle transfer news, they are confident of signing a £9million-rated striker.