Newcastle United have made their third signing of the summer through the purchase of Siem De Jong from Ajax. De Jong (25) was brought for an estimated fee of £6 million and brings with him plenty of experience.
He was Ajax captain since 2012 after Jan Vertonghen moved to Tottenham Hotspur and he made 244 appearances for the Eredivisie champions, scoring 78 times. Furthermore, De Jong has six caps for Netherlands, scoring twice, though he was not called up for the current World Cup.
De Jong is an attacking midfielder and will be seen as the long awaited replacement for Yohan Cabaye. Upon signing, manager Alan Pardew had this to say: "Siem will give us intelligence in the final third and create goal scoring situations. It is a big signing for this club."
"Siem brings massive experience from Ajax, I think our fans are going to enjoy the way he plays and I cannot wait to start working with him."
De Jong's younger brother, Luuk De Jong, was a Newcastle last season as he looked to regain some form during a loan spell. Older brother Siem confirmed his brother was a reason why he joined Newcastle: "It is great to have signed for Newcastle. It is a big club which my brother told me all about, so I already feel good here."
"I had been at Ajax a long time and wanted a new challenge in a new environment and a new country."
"Coming to Newcastle is a great opportunity and the chance to play for a club like this in the Premier League was one I could not turn down."