Siem de Jong has agreed a transfer back to Ajax according to breaking news in Holland on Sunday evening.

The midfielder moved to Newcastle in summer 2014  for a reported £6m fee from Ajax but the transfer was a disaster.

Ongoing injuries and lack of form, has led to only four league starts in the three years.

The Dutch media reports say Siem de Jong will be officially unveiled on Monday as an Ajax player (once again).

Now 28, the Dutch international is said to have agreed a three year contract and Newcastle will receive around £4m.

On Friday, Rafa Benitez announced at his press conference that ‘Siem de Jong is very close to (signing for) Ajax’.

The Dutch club haven’t had the greatest start to the season, losing at Heracles on the opening day of the season and then exiting the Europa League at the hands of Rosenborg.

Though they have recovered a little bit with league wins over Groningen at home and then away at VVV Venlo earlier today.

Friday 25 August 2017:

‘The Rafa Benitez West Ham Press Conference has taken place on Friday lunchtime.

The United boss giving his update on both the match and other issues at the club.

Emmanuel has left the club today and Rafa confirmed Siem de Jong could be joining Ajax any time shortly.

One player who won’t be leaving, unless anything changes, is Mitrovic. Rafa confirming there has been interest this month, although it is believed that has only been interest in loan deals so far.

The manager earlier confirmed Paul Dummett wouldn’t be fit for West Ham but hoped Florian Lejeune would be, however, Benitez revealed the Frenchman will still be missing.

That is also the case with DeAndre Yedlin, whilst Karl Darlow is the latest to pick up a know, so Freddie Woodman set for the bench.

Dwight Gayle will have a late fitness test, whilst the United boss revealed that Rolando Aarons is also a doubt for Saturday.

First quotes from the Rafa Benitez West Ham Press Conference:

“My mood is fine and I have the belief we will improve and confidence that we will do it, West Ham will be tough and they need to win like us.

“Siem de Jong is very close to Ajax, Emmanuel Riviere has gone to Metz – we have reduced the numbers and can now look for different options.

“It’s a long season. We have to start winning games but keep the confidence that we can improve.

“We have to move forward quickly. Getting three points in the next league game is our objective, our target.

“Lejeune (as well as Dummett) is not ready, Yedlin is still not ready and Darlow has a knock and will not be on the bench.

“We are reducing the number of players we have and we can keep looking for different options in the market.

“I have confidence the team will improve, if we keep working the way we are now.

“(Asked about Mitro) We don’t have too many strikers and we don’t want to lose one at the moment. We have had people asking about him for the last month.

“Every team has had problems. We had some big ones in the market but I don’t like to speak about others (unlike Slaven Bilic…).

“Dwight Gayle (who faces a late fitness test for West Ham) has had his ups and down – little by little he needs to get back to the level he was.”



  • GToon

    What a shame. Things never turned out well for him with us. I think if he’d managed to stay injury free he really could have been some player for us. Hope people realize he wanted to play for us and not be injured all of the time. Good luck Siem.

  • Steven05

    Good luck to him, hope things turn out better for him. I’m surprised we got/are getting £4m tho, hopefully we can get some new players quite soon. Apparently Origi might be going out on loan from Liverpool, I haven’t watched him much but I think I remember he was quite decent?

  • hetonmag

    Yes good luck to the lad because he had some really bad luck with us, reading Rafa’s quote’s he says I have confidence the team will improve, there speaks a man who trains with the lads every day, why anyone would doubt him is beyond belief.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Good luck to the lad I think he genuinely came he wanting to do well just hasnt happened.

  • Down Under Mag

    Always had the quality but lacked the fitness. He could have been a great player for us but sadly it just didn’t work out and now we have some cash, a free spot in the squad and hopefully another incomign signing soon who will strengthen our chances!

  • Wor Lass

    It`s a sham it didn`t work out because he has quality but it was never going to happen. £4 million in and a place in the squad for another signing. that`s as good as we could have hoped for.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      good football brain & great technique but made of Glass

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    £4m in & with him & Manu gone that`s 90 grand a week in wages saved so let`s see if Penfold gets off hi fat a $$ & signs a quality player
    Tick tock, tick tock

  • HarryHype59

    If this is true it is great news!

    Two down eight to go!

  • Paul Patterson

    Good luck to him in the future, but this is a canny good bit of business IF the money/wages/squad space is used wisely.

  • Geordiegiants

    He didn’t look a bad player, but how we got any money at all is beyond me like with his injury record.

    • Rich Lawson

      Agree,£4mil for his playing time and fragile condition looks astonishing for someone many of us would have given a free to ?

  • Steve Pearce

    He’ll probably get injured boarding the plane back to Holland…..

  • Alreet

    Slower than expected but they are shifting. We need around 2 per day to leave now though.

    Lazaar. Hanley. Saivet. Colback. Krul. Haidara. Gamez possibly diame but it seems rafa is a fan of his.