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.


Newcastle sign Joselu from Stoke City

Newcastle have completed the signing of Stoke striker Joselu.

The 27-year-old Spaniard has signed a three-year deal to seal a move for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £5million, the Magpies have confirmed.

Joselu said:

“I feel very happy because I have signed for a very big club. I’m very happy to be part of this club, and so excited.

I’m looking forward to getting to know my team-mates, the city, the training ground, the stadium and all the supporters.”

Joselu headed for Tyneside on Monday to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical as a protracted pursuit drew to a close, and he has now become compatriot Benitez’s sixth summer signing.

He arrives at St James Park perhaps with something to prove after managing just four goals in 27 appearances in his first season in the Potteries following a £5.75million switch from Hannover during the summer of 2015.

The frontman was sent out on loan to Deportivo La Coruna last season and found the back of the net on six occasions while playing slightly fewer games.

Benitez will hope he improves significantly on his return while on Tyneside, with Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic his only out-and-out strikers.

He has made recruitment on that front a priority since securing promotion back to the Premier League, but missed out on a loan deal for Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and has so far been thwarted with other targets – among them Arsenal’s Lucas Perez – because of inflated asking prices and wages.

Benitez said:

“We have known Joselu since his days at the Real Madrid academy, and we know that he has the potential to do well for us. “Obviously he has experience of English football and the Premier League and that was another thing we took into consideration. We think if we can exploit his full potential he will be a good signing for us. “He knows and accepts the challenge we’ve given him at Newcastle United and he’s keen to come and fight for a position in the team.”

The Newcastle boss and club owner Mike Ashley have each had their say on transfers in recent days to leave fans fearing a schism has developed, although with more than two weeks of the transfer window remaining, there is still room for manoeuvre.

Joselu, who began his career with Celta Vigo and has also played for Real Madrid, Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt, joins Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune, Jacob Murphy, Javier Manquillo and Mikel Merino in moving to St James’ Park this summer.

Newcastle face Huddersfield, with whom they emerged from the Sky Bet Championship last season, on Sunday.

Newcastle United sign Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy 

Newcastle United have signed England under-21 international Jacob Murphy from Norwich City for a reported £12m.
The 21-year old winger who becomes their third summer signing, came through the Canaries’ youth ranks and scored 10 goals in 41 appearances last season including two against Newcastle.

Murphy, a boyhood Newcastle fan, has joined up with the Magpies at their training camp in Ireland.

Murphy, whose parents are from the north east, said: “It was a childhood dream of mine to represent Newcastle and the opportunity is now here. I can’t wait to get started.”
“He’s a young and talented player and hopefully he can develop even more here,” Newcastle boss Benitez told the club’s official website.

“We hope he can show us the passion, commitment and ability that he showed in the Championship last season.”

The Magpies, who had two earlier offers for Murphy turned down, had previously signed only Chelsea winger Christian Atsu and Eibar defender Florian Lejeune since winning promotion back to the Premier League last season.
Murphy has made 122 senior career appearances, including those during his six loans away from Norwich.

Preview: Newcastle United Vs Arsenal

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Arsenal has had a poor start to the season considering the optimism generated by their strong pre season. Against Liverpool, the Gunners were denied by some poor finishing and excellent goalkeeping. Doubts may exist about Olivier Giroud’s ability to lead a title charge, but there is no denying the fact that he has a tremendous record against the Magpies. He has scored 8 goals in 6 appearances against the team from Tyneside.

Steve McClaren’s side produced a heroic display against Manchester United and the manager will expect the same level of commitment. Florian Thauvin has a bright start to life in English football. AT Old Trafford, he looked comfortable before putting Northampton to the sword with a hat trick of assist and one in a convincing 4-1 win.

The likes of Thauvin, Mitrovic and Wijnaldum will look to capitalise on any uncertainty in the Arsenal defence where Chambers and Gabriel may continue in the continued absence of Per Mertesacker and if Koscielny fails a late fitness test.

The records do favour Arsenal though who have picked up 7 wins against Newcastle in 9 meetings, with the other two ending in draws. Newcastle’s home ground is not exactly a fortress. The club has only won 2 in 11 games played at ST. James Park.  The Gunners have also had a lot of joy on the road where they have picked up 19 points out of the last 21 available.

Teams News

Newcastle United

Sissoko remains a doubt with a groin problem while RIviere and Marveaux are definitely ruled out with knee and groin injuries. Siem De Jong is also available after having a difficult last season which was disrupted by injuries. He completed 90 minutes in midweek in the Carling cup and even scored in a convincing Newcastle win.


Arsenal will definitely be without Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Thomas Rosicky who are all ruled out with injuries. Koscielny may miss out with a back problem while Mertesacker is unexpected to recover from illness in time for the early kick off. Gabriel and Chambers are expected to deputize for the pair.

Preview: Manchester United Vs Newcastle United


Manchester United were dealt two heavy blows in the transfer window when targets Otamendi and Pedro agreed moves to rivals Manchester City and Chelsea respectively. They will however look to put those disappointments behind them when Newcastle United visits. They produced their best display in midweek against Club Brugge, a game which saw Memphis Depay produce his best display in a United shirt.

The Red devils have had a good but unspectacular start to the season but will be encouraged by the fact that they have picked maximum points so far this season. at this stage of the season, winning is the most important thing and not necessarily the performance.

For Newcastle United however, their past away form has been far from impressive and they are on a run of seven consecutive Premier League away defeats and has lost ten of their last thirteen league games, winning one and drawing the other two. McClaren returns to the ground where he spent more than 2 seasons as Alex Ferguson’s right hand man between 1999 and 2001. The highlight of his stint at the club was a European Champions League win. He will be well aware that he needs to get his side firing and quickly too if they are to avoid another relegation battle after they were well beaten by Swansea City last weekend.

If the recent meetings between the clubs are to be considered, Man United will expect to pick up their third consecutive win of the season having won their last three meetings with the Magpies and 25 overall since the inception of the Premier League.

Team News.

Manchester Unted

David De Gea is expected to be excluded as speculations over a probable transfer to Real Madrid refuse to go away. Marouane Fellaini remains suspended while Phil Jones misses out due to illness.

Newcastle United

Florian Thauvin who completed a move from Marseille is in line for a debut but would probably start from the bench. Daryl Janmaat is suspended after picking up a red card last week against Swansea while Moussa Sissoko remains a doubt after limping off at half time with a groin injury