Report: Siem De Jong's Newcastle United future in doubt

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Siem De Jong of Newcastle United talk during a pre-season friendly match between Preston North End and Newcastle United at Deepdale on July 22, 2017 in Preston,...

Newcastle United might offload the 28-year-old, according to a report.

According to The Chronicle, Siem De Jong has been added to the list of Newcastle United players who Rafael Benitez could move on, if a replacement can be signed before September.

The Netherlands international, a £6 million addition in 2014 under Alan Pardew, has featured regularly for Newcastle in pre season, prompting suggestions that Benitez would retain his services beyond the summer transfer window.

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Siem De Jong of Newcastle United talk during a pre-season friendly match between Preston North End and Newcastle United at Deepdale on July 22, 2017 in Preston,...

The 28-year-old attacker had a decent loan spell at PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie last season, scoring six times in 19 appearances for Phillip Cocu's side.

However, The Chronicle report that the Spanish manager could "perhaps" offload the Dutchman this summer, if "incoming recruitment goes well" before the window shuts.

De Jong has not had many chances to impress Benitez on the pitch, having been used sparingly when the Spaniard replaced Steve McClaren in March 2016, before being loaned out.

The former Ajax man, whose contract expires in 2020, is worth around £5 million, according to Transfermarkt.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez celebrates  after winning the Sky Bet Championship Title after the match between Newcastle United and Barnsley at St James' Park on May 7, 2017 in...

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