Siem de Jong rejoins Ajax from Newcastle

Newcastle midfielder Siem de Jong has completed a permanent move back to Ajax as manager Rafael Benitez continues to clear the decks in the hope of making further signings.

The 28-year-old has ended an injury-plagued three-year stay at St James’ Park to rejoin the club he left for Tyneside in a £6million switch in 2014.

A Newcastle statement said:

“Siem de Jong has completed a permanent transfer to Dutch side Ajax. The 28-year-old returns to the Amsterdam Arena, where he made over 200 appearances before signing for the Magpies in the summer of 2014.”

In all, Holland international De Jong made just 26 appearances and scored two goals for the Magpies, and was sent out on loan to PSV Eindhoven last season.

He enjoyed little luck during his time in England, missing lengthy periods through injuries which included a collapsed lung, a ruptured thigh muscle and an eye problem suffered when he was caught accidentally by a team-mate in training.

De Jong joins striker Emmanuel Riviere in leaving the club as Benitez attempts to remove players from his squad who are surplus to requirements with Tim Krul, Achraf Lazaar, Grant Hanley and Jack Colback among those who have been told they can leave.

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Tottenham sign Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez on a cub-record six-year deal

Tottenham have announced the signing of Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez subject to a medical and the granting of a work permit.

The 21-year-old Colombian centre back has put pen to paper on a deal until 2023 for a reported club-record £42million fee.

He is the first player to join Spurs this summer and his arrival comes after much debate about the club’s transfer policy during the off-season.

In a statement, Tottenham said:

“We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with AFC Ajax for the transfer of Davinson Sanchez subject to medical and work permit.

“The Colombia international, 21, has signed a contract with the Club until 2023.”

The fee is believed to eclipse the previous club record of £30million which Spurs paid Newcastle for midfielder Moussa Sissoko last summer.

Sanchez joined Eredivisie side Ajax in June last year on a five-year deal after leaving Atletico Nacional in his homeland.

He played in last season’s Europa League final, which Manchester United won 2-0, and was named Ajax’s player of the year in May.

Sanchez said:

“I would like to thank the coach, management, players and fans of Ajax. It is a great move for me to come here to develop my career.

“I am very excited to be signing for such a famous club as Tottenham Hotspur. “I am looking forward to working with Mauricio Pochettino and the players and meeting everyone there.”

Sanchez has represented Colombia at Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 levels before making his senior debut in November last year, and has two international appearances.