Monday brought the welcome news that Rafa Benitez had managed to shift Siem de Jong.

A typical big gamble signing for £8m in summer 2014, the midfielder had experienced a season of numerous injury problems but the Mike Ashley/Graham Carr strategy saw a ‘bargain’ signing.

Three years later and Siem de Jong has left St James Park after making four league starts in black and white, ongoing injury problems and ensuing poor form meaning the gamble badly misfired, with the signing playing its part in Newcastle’s 2015/16 relegation after he was brought in to supposedly replace Yohan Cabaye.

When news broke yesterday, it was widely reported that Newcastle had banked £4m from Ajax, a very decent figure all things considered, and a boost to Rafa’s transfer pot.

However, this morning the Dutch media are claiming that figure was very misleading.

De Telegraaf report that the figure was actually less than half that £4m claimed figure, with Ajax allegedly paying only 2m euros, which is approximately £1.8m.

The transfer market may have gone crazy in the Premier League and for a number of elite clubs in other countries but for Ajax, they  receive a relative pittance from Dutch domestic football and not only do they not have Champions League football this season, they were also knocked out of the Europa League by Rosenborg without even reaching the group stage.

So paying Siem de Jong a decent part of what he was earning at Newcastle AND a £4m transfer fee would have been very surprising.

Last season for PSV on loan, whilst he did manage to be available for most of the season, he was only selected to start 10 league matches and was on the bench in another 15, not exactly suggesting he was going to take Dutch football by storm this season, never mind the Premier League.

With no official figure announced, it is left to varying media claims, but sadly I think I’m inclined to think the Dutch media are on the money with this one.

The Mag – 28 August 2017:

Ajax have confirmed they’ve bought Siem de Jong back from Newcastle.

The midfielder leaving the Dutch club three years ago and now returning, having agreed a three year contract up until summer 2020.

Ajax Official Statement:

Siem de Jong returns to Ajax

Ajax has reached agreement with Siem de Jong and Newcastle United on the transfer from the player to Amsterdam. He signed a contract for three seasons in Amsterdam, until 30 June 2020.

De Jong was born on 28 January 1989 in Aigle, Switzerland.

The attacking midfielder also played at Ajax in the period 2005 to 2014.

He made his debut in the first team on the 26th of September 2007 during the KNVB Cup against Kozakken Boys.

Four times champion, the KNVB Cup and the Johan Cruijff Scale

De Jong played 244 official matches in the first team of Ajax and scored 78 goals.

He won the KNVB Cup in 2010 with the club and won the league with Ajax four times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).

In 2013 he also won the Johan Cruyff Shield.

For Newcastle United, De Jong played 21 games in which he scored once. Last season, he was loaned out to PSV.

  • Mark Kilmister

    Regardless of the fees the club are getting for these unwanted players, these next few days are simply about getting rid of all the deadwood / trouble makers and giving Rafa a slim chance of bringing in 1 or 2 players that will actually help him out in order to have a positive season.

    • Spot on! We need 1-2 decent additions(both could be loan deals for now), fullback and maybe N.10

  • Mxpx

    Haidara colback Lazar still left I know we’re also looking to shift krul and saivet but I think they have something still to offer

    • Haidara will probably stay as cover, but Krul, Colback and Lazar are definitely on their way out

      • HarryHype59

        Only if some other club will match their current contracts or NUFC subsidise their wages.

  • Paul Patterson

    It’ll be convenient timing if we have no time to get anyone in of any note..

  • HarryHype59

    I thought 4m was on the high side for a player who has hardly been fit for us in three years! At least he is out of the door and off the wage bill!

    His stats for us are truly shocking!

  • Rich Lawson

    Any fee we got for him is a bonus,most people on here who have encouraged his transfer(me included) would have let him go for nowt.