Why Newcastle's £6m signing is a stroke of genius from Pardew

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew has killed two birds with one stone by signing Siem de Jong for Newcastle United.

It is not often alan Pardew receives good press these days.

If it isn't Newcastle's form that's showing the 52-year-old up, it is his lack of transfer activity or actions on the touchline...

But with the Magpies' latest signing, Pardew deserves all the credit he can get.

Indeed, Ajax midfielder Siem de Jong has moved to St James' Park on a six-year-deal and could provide exactly what Newcastle are looking for.

The brother of Luuk de Jong, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the club, the £6 million 25-year-old can play both in midfield and attack. And he is looking to bring goals to Tyneside.

"I hope to bring a lot of attacking play and goals," de Jong told Newcastle's official website after joining the Magpies.

"At Ajax I scored quite a lot of goals as an attacking midfielder - sometimes as a striker - and I hope to do that here too.

"I want to help the team be as good as it can be."

Could de Jong, then, end up being a replacement for both Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy?

The 25-year-old is seen as the man to fill Cabaye's boots, though many are also tipping him to be the perfect no.10 for Newcastle.

Pardew has already signed Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback this season, though the club have not made any more progress in terms of striker signings, with Bafetimbi Gomis joining Swansea City and Hertha Berlin demanding £10 million for Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

But de Jong's signing can kill two birds with one stone in the sense that, should the Magpies fail to recruit another forward this summer, the Dutchman can himself deputise as a striker.

At the same time, the former Ajax captain will offer plenty of leadership and instigate attacks when he plays in midfield. As transfers go, Pardew has hit the jackpot - and for a relatively reasonable price, as well.

Newcastle will no doubt keep moving to try to bring another striker to the club, with two months left before the transfer deadline

For now, though, they can celebrate landing a man who could very well play a huge role in the coming season.

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