VIDEO: Siem de Jong on how it feels to join Newcastle

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Newcastle United's third signing of the summer has been speaking to their television channel.

Newcastle United signing Siem de Jong has been speaking following his move from Ajax.

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder joined the Magpies on a six-year deal for an undisclosed fee, becoming Alan Pardew's third signing of the summer after Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback.

The older de Jong saw his brother move to St James' Park on loan last season, and despite the younger player's struggles, it seems his sibling cannot wait to get going.

Speaking to NUTV following his move, de Jong said, "I feel good, (it is) a good step for me. It’s a nice club, my brother told me about it. For me it’s a great step and it’s nice to be here."

De Jong has been at Ajax since he was a youth, and prior to his move to England he had featured 244 times for the Dutch club's senior side.  In that period he scored 78 goals and set up a further 48, but he felt the time was right for a change.

"The biggest thing for me was to have a new challenge, a new environment," he said. "It was a good opportunity for me (to move to Newcastle) and I hope it works out well."

United are believed to have tracked the player for some time, and de Jong was just happy that prolonged pursuit ultimately saw him arrive in England.

"It was an important thing for me," he said of Newcastle's long-term interest. "It was good also for me that the manager is still here, I talked to him before. I’m glad I’m here now after a couple of years."

With six caps and two goals for the Netherlands, he is a player who looks like becoming a swift fan favourite among the Newcastle faithful.

 

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