Newcastle are targeting a £9million deal for Ajax playmaker Siem De Jong in a bid to save their torrid season.
The Magpies have seen the loss of their top goal-scorer and talisman so far this window, with Demba Ba completing a long-awaited £7.5 million move to Chelsea. Only full back Mathieu Debuchy has been added to the rank so far at St James, another transfer that was a long time in the waiting.
However Newcastle will miss the goals of Demba Ba and had thought they had found a natural replacement in Marseille striker Loic Remy. Top talent spotter Graham Carr had watched Remy numerous times and even Alan Pardew thought that the deal for Remy would go through this month without too many complications.
That was until Harry Redknapp’s QPR stepped in with their astronomical £80,000 a week offer for Remy to join their fight for Premier League survival.
So Pardew has now turned to Ajax star Siem De Jong to help change Newcastle’s fortunes. De Jong can play in midfield but is more well known for occupying the traditional ‘number 10’ role just behind the forwards.
He is no stranger to the goal or scoring against Premier League opposition, having scored 3 times against Premier League Champions Manchester City in this season’s Champions League group games.
Siem is actually the brother of Luuk De Jong, a one time Newcastle target. Luuk opted not to move to the North East in the summer transfer window, instead joining Bundesliga outfit Gladbach. Siem De Jong is a top quality player who would be an asset to Newcastle if they can do a deal.