Siem De Jong has told the Chronicle that Newcastle United is still a big draw for players across Europe, despite the club's lack of success recently.
The Magpies are destined to finish in mid-table this season, but De Jong believes that top players will want to come to St. James' Park even without European football on offer.
The Dutchman insists that the stature and reputation of the club is a massive attraction to footballers, and he doesn't believe that Newcastle will have any problems convincing potential new recruits to join up in the summer.
“I think players will want to come to Newcastle – it’s a big club and I think everybody in football knows that it’s a big club,” he said. "Hopefully we can get a group together here that stays together for a couple of years, gets used to each other and really improves.”
According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle are planning to spend big in the upcoming transfer window, so De Jong's statement is encouraging.
The Tynesiders are in dire need to investment, as they look to add quality to what is an ageing squad, and to hear De Jong saying that players will be keen on moves to St. James' Park should hearten Newcastle fans.
It is also interesting to hear the central-midfielder talk about keeping a squad together, as that is something Newcastle have struggled to do in recent times.
The North East outfit have sold many of their key players in past seasons, much to supporters' frustration, but De Jong clearly hopes that they show greater determination to keep hold of their better players in the future.