Ajax captain Siem De Jong passes medical at Newcastle United - report

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Newcastle Untied look set to complete the signing of 25-year-old Dutchman Siem De Jong from Ajax.

After the disastrous loan spell of Luuk De Jong last season, Newcastle are now turning to his brother as a solution to their midfield problems. The Magpies never replaced Yohan Cabaye after he was sold to Paris Saint-Germain in January and they have now identified a midfielder to come in.

Siem De Jong has played for Ajax his whole career and has made over 200 appearances for the Dutch giants. He has been captain of the club since 2012 when Jan Vertonghen departed to join Tottenham Hotspur. He now looks set to join his former teammate in the Premier League after Newcastle agreed a £6 million deal for the playmaker.

De Jong plays in a similar role to Cabaye but is more of an attacking player; a central midfielder who looks to get forward and has even played as a striker for Ajax in the past. His scoring record is impressive, he has scored 57 goals in 168 league games for the club. His brother Luuk failed to get off the mark whilst on loan at St James' Park from Borussia Monchengladbach last season.

Siem has six caps for his country with two goals coming in a friendly against Indonesia, however he did not make the final 23 for the World Cup. De Jong would represent the club's third transfer of the summer following Ayoze Perez from Tenerife and Jack Colback from Sunderland.

Fans will be expecting more arrivals following a lacklustre second half of the season, and a striker should now be a priority as Loic Remy looks unlikely to be returning, Shola Ameobi has been released and Papiss Cisse looks unlikely to score again.

De Jong is already thought to have passed his medical and will sign a five-year-deal on Tyneside. Sky Sports journalist Pete Graves reported that the deal will go ahead imminently.

 

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