Siem de Jong calls for new signings this summer, wants to 'forget about' this season

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Newcastle forward Siem de Jong believes it's obvious that the Magpies needs to strengthen.

Newcastle forward Siem de Jong has told the Daily Mirror that the Magpies must strengthen their squad this summer after a dismal season.

The Dutchman, 26, arrived from Ajax last summer but has seen his season ruined by injuries, only scoring his first goal for the club in Saturday's 3-2 home loss to Swansea City.

That defeat was Newcastle's seventh in a row, with interim manager John Carver desperately struggling since being appointed as Alan Pardew's replacement in January.

A new manager will be appointed this summer as the Magpies search for a more long-term solution to their problems, but owner Mike Ashley will also be expected to splash the cash on new signings this summer.

The Mirror reported on Monday that the likes of Cheikh Tiote, Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse, Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat could all be sold in order to raise funds, with more quality needed in the squad to get Newcastle back where they belong - amongst the big boys in the Premier League.

With not long to go until the transfer window re-opens once again, forward de Jong has told The Mirror that Newcastle make new signings this summer, sending out a clear message to owner Ashley.

"I want a totally different season for me and the team next year. The team will change over the summer with some players leaving and new ones coming in," said de Jong.

"We need to strengthen and everybody knows that. I want to forget about this year and show that I can be a big player for Newcastle," he added.

De Jong's comments suggest that even the players know that the current squad isn't good enough, and with the fans also well aware of that, Ashley must also realise this too, and hand a new manager funds to build a better squad for next season and beyond.

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