Report: Newcastle to focus on Dutch market this summer, Joel Veltman and Marco van Ginkel linked

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Steve McClaren hopes to utilise his Dutch connections as he searches for first summer signing.

The success of Daryl Janmaat since his arrival from Feyenoord last season has prompted Newcastle to pursue Eredivisie targets, according to the Chronicle.

Former FC Twente boss McClaren knows the league well following his successful spell there and Newcastle have been linked to a number of young Dutch talents.

Promising Ajax centre-back Joel Veltman is one of those rumoured to have been scouted by the Magpies in recent months and a move could be made for him this summer, say the Chronicle.

Chelsea’s Marco van Ginkel, who spent last season on loan at AC Milan, is another Dutchman believed to interest McClaren.

The 22-year old has had a tough time since his witch from Vitesse two years ago and has only featured twice for Chelsea. Now back with the Blues, his next move is unclear but a chance to play regular Premier League football on Tyneside could be a deal to suit all parties.

One linked Eredivisie star - Georginio Wijnaldum - is not thought to be a priority by the Chronicle, however, as McClaren focuses on other gaps in the squad.

Newcastle and Sunderland had both been linked with the pacey PSV man recently, by the likes of the Guardian.

Slow start to business

McClaren is yet to confirm a signing this summer and with uncertainty over his backroom staff, too, it hasn’t been the best of starts to life at Newcastle. The Toon Army could be forgiven for being slightly nervous as they approach pre-season without a single new addition.

The need for signings is apparent and McClaren has his work cut out to build a squad capable of competing at the right end of the Premier League in the next few weeks.

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