Newcastle make opening bid for World Cup star

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Newcastle United are hoping to sign Feyenoord and Netherlands right back Daryl Janmaat as a replacement for Arsenal-bound Mathieu Debuchy.

Newcastle United have attempted to test Feyenoord's resolve by bidding a reported £4.7 million for Netherlands right back Daryl Janmaat, who is believed to be the intended replacement for seemingly outbound Frenchman Mathieu Debuchy.

Janmaat has demonstrated his talent throughout the FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil and has even returned statistics that are comparable, if not superior, to the man he may well end up replacing.

  NationTouch /AppPass AccCross AccChance CreatedAssistTackle /AppIntercept /AppClean SheetAppMin
Janmaat Netherlands 55.3 74.4% 33.3% 4 1 3.8 2.3 1 4 345
Debuchy France 67.8 77.6% 15.4% 0 0 4.0 2.0 2 4 360

While play went through Debuchy more often than Janmaat, in terms of touches received on the football, both players have a similar passing accuracy (low considering their position on the field), but Janmaat is far more effective when it comes to creativity in the final third. He is accurate with one third of his crossing attempts, created four goal-scoring opportunities and provided one assist - from just four appearances for the Oranje.

Both players were active in the challenge, with Debuchy on top with four tackle attempts per appearance compared to the marginally lower average of Janmaat's; 3.8, while the Dutchman intercepted more frequently.

As recently reported by HITC: Sport, Janmaat is one of three potential Magpies targets but considering costs involved of each candidate and their current pedigree, Daryl may well be the most viable option - and a player, therefore, worth returning to the negotiating table with Feyenoord for as the Eredivisie club are holding out for a fee closer to their £8.7 million valuation.

According to this report, Newcastle may be able to tempt Feyenoord into a cheaper sale - like £7 million to £8 million - as they will pay the entire fee up-front.

Newcastle have already completed deals for Jack Colback, Siem de Jong and Ayoze Perez.

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