News from Holland this morning that Newcastle United are looking at a possible summer move for Mitchell Dijks.
De Telegraaf report that Newcastle have been watching the 23 year old left-back throughout this season and even made a tentative enquiry in January, though no deal was pushed through.
United of course are desperate for a decent left-back and tried to bring in a number of short-term loan options in January without success, Newcastle seemingly not having the will to really try and improve the defence in that window – instead bringing in four new players for the midfield/forward positions.
Mitchell Dijks has just been called up for the upcoming friendlies with England and France and is a player on the up, now first choice for Ajax who are only one point behind leaders PSV.
Newcastle of course have a number of Dutch players already with perceived value in that market and whilst a new manager in the shape of Rafa Benitez has just walked through the door…and Newcastle don’t as yet know which division they will be in, the search for potential new signings obviously still carries on in the meantime.
Naturally we all expect that if Newcastle survive and Rafa Benitez is still here in the summer, that he will have the final say on any players coming in or going out.
A number of other Premier League clubs are also said to be tracking the Ajax left-back, including tonight’s opponents Leicester.
Mitchell Dijks has an interesting story to tell.
Making a handful of appearances for Ajax after coming through the ranks, as well as spending time at Heerenveen on loan, in summer of 2014 Dijks was allowed to leave on a free transfer to Willem ll.
However, after impressing there, Ajax then bought him back for 1m euros a year later and is now first choice and selected in that latest national squad for the two friendlies.