“Newcastle have been watching him for a long time and really want to sign him”

Toon bid for Anita, allegedly...
Newcastle have submitted a written offer for Ajax midfielder Vurnon Anita according to the agent of the player.

Harry Lulofs represents the 23-year-old defensive midfielder who can also play at left-back, a versatility that is allegedly interesting Newcastle.

Lulofs claims that the written bid made to Ajax is between £5m and £10m although he remained coy on the precise figure.

The player, born in Netherlands Antilles, was a prominent fixture in the side that won the Dutch Eredivisie this season and only narrowly missed out on winning a call up to EURO 2012 with Holland after being cut from Bert van Marwijk’s preliminary squad.

“Newcastle have made an offer between £5-10 million. I cannot give you the accurate figure, but Ajax have received a written offer,” said Lulofs.

“They [Ajax] are very satisfied with the guy and want to keep him, but Newcastle have been watching him for a long time and really want to sign him. This is the first offer Ajax have received for Vurnon and we’ll soon see how they react.”

“After next week, he will be back from holiday and I will meet people at Ajax with him and his dad,” he added.

“The only other Premier League club to get in touch was Norwich. Paul Lambert called me to ask about him. Now he has moved to Aston Villa, so maybe they will be in touch. I don’t know.”

Now I don’t know about you but it sounds, to me anyway, as though his agent is hawking him around trying to drum up interest. I can’t imagine the powers that be at Newcastle United would be too impressed that his agent has leaked details but then again I guess you can’t keep everything quiet all of the time.

Anita started off his career at left-back although he only featured sparingly for Ajax in that role until an injury crisis forced Martin Jol to give him a regular starting berth in that position. It wasn’t until Frank de Boer replaced Jol that Anita found his niche in the first team after being moved to midfield. In total, Vurnon has made 137 appearances for Ajax scoring seven goals along the way.

More speculation? Or genuine interest? Who knows???

75 thoughts on ““Newcastle have been watching him for a long time and really want to sign him”

  1. going to be a few of these storeys knocking aboot until window shuts but canny to banter aboot with nee footy dont really know the kid to comment but ill trust carr if its right.

    god how many of these threads are getting knocked out i lose track of banter 😉 😀 😀 😀

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  2. For the love of god Toonsy!!!

    Another bloody article?! 🙄 😀

    I know absolutely nothing about this lad if I’m being honest, but I understand that he can play LB or DCM which would give us good options. If we can pick him up for around £5m then I think he would be a good addition to the squad.
    Can’t help but wonder whether that would be a replacement for Tiote though … hope not!!

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  3. hope this does not turn into another sage like previous “targets” 🙄
    More Agents stirring up interest, what happened to Peters ? he seemed to tick the boxes, injury prone mebez ❓

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  4. hope this does not turn into another saga like previous “targets” 🙄
    More Agents stirring up interest, what happened to Peters ? he seemed to tick the boxes, injury prone mebez ❓

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  5. So the cat is out the bag then. Interesting player, Fullback / defensive midfielder. Must have been recommended by Carr and then spotted by Pardew whilst he was scouting Ventongen perhaps?

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  6. Good player. Ive seen him play in the champions league against the likes of Real Madrid. He seems a good technical defensive midfielder who is also good at left back. Would his relatively small size in terms of stature be an issue for us?

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  7. Holland v Denmark

    A couple of our ‘targets’ on display today hopefully. Looking forward to seeing Afellay and also Denmark CB Kjaer who could be a good player for us to go after.

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  8. He is a pint sized player, like Shaun Wright-Phillips so I doubt he very much he will ‘replace Tiote’. 🙂

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  9. I like Kjaer but I just think he makes silly decisions sometimes. How much would Rolando or Otamendi cost? If were looking for a Left Back I highly recommend Siqueira from Granada!

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  10. He played Left Back until De Boer moved him into midfield if im not mistaken. I could be though. Either way good player

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  11. Lads we should have a spot the silly/daft /funny commentary quote game over the course of the tournament . I will get the ball rolling with the one I just heard. ” why didn’t he just pulled the trigger and shoot himself!” 😯

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  12. FSOTC – you read my mind, was just about to say that, if he’s good enough he’ll fit in fine. Would be good to see him play alongside Tiote.

    With all these midfielders, Jonas place looks under threat. What would anyone think about moving him to full back? Could HE make a good rightback for us do you think?

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  13. 1-0 Denmark 😯 😯

    Totally against the run of play but very good goal … Get him signed up!! 😛

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  14. Kim – he does aye, I think he’d be a good option at right back as he’s naturally right footed, a good tackler, has a good engine to bomb up and down the line, good in possession and could put a good ball into the box on the overlap.

    The more I think about it the more I think it’s at least worth a try?!

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  15. Could do Sharpy , they could try him out in pre season maybe .Might be able to save a few quid. 😉

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  16. Manassasmag – I can see where ya coming from but I don’t think he’s been tested much really, Dutch have gone thru the middle alot and not really ran at him.
    First time I’ve seen him, he’s done nowt wrong but would like to see what he’s like under pressure a bit more first.

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  17. I would think as usual if there was any interest it will now be over with them coming out and spilling the beans.
    Sharpy I don’t think its the right way to go with Jonas, ie take him from one position that isn’t his prefered position to put him in another ? imo we should have a RB for RB a LB for LB etc etc I just dont think we’ll get better by making do.

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  18. Like the idea of signing a player that few have inquired about, seems like a tiote like deal, definitely Smith’s replacement. Also like how he can play LB if needed, a position we haven’t got covered very well.

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  19. Dave. I will never complain about Toons end product from corners again ,the dutch have had around 10 with no end result so far. 😯

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  20. Kim
    The Dutch would be glad to have Obertan and Jonas on their wings, would have better end product.

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  21. God ,ref missed a stonewall pen in both halfs . 🙄 nice to see the normal level of competance is in place.

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  22. Kjaer….NO PLEASE !! He was absolutely gash at Wolfsburg, so they loaned the bloke to Juventus or somewhere….not a player for the toon…bitte… 🙄

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  23. Can’t write the Dutch off but that was a good result. I think their defense is too weak to do anything in this tournament though. Back to the drawing board for Rip Van Winkel. 🙂

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  24. Ice me old shag, I just have a feeling mate. The centre of the German defence is a bit dodgy, and any team with Boateng at the back are even dodgyer…. Need to gan noo, wor lass is whistling the German national anthem !! 😆 😆 😆

    Robbens going home, he’s going home, he’s going….arf arf…

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  25. Ive watched him for a few years now. Reminds me of Davids for both his ability and looks.

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  26. Spain to get bank bailout that may run up to €100bn…thats Richietoons beer money taken care of.. 😯

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  27. DJG I muffed that one pretty good … 😳 😳 😳

    Tipsters of the week….not… 😳 🙁 🙁

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  28. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18378032

    I can’t stand this guy anymore. I actually wish he was banned from football permanently and ridiculed daily in the media. The saddest thing is, he actually thinks he’s clever and the ‘voice of the brave’. Piss off t##t, when he called Gary Lineker an ‘odious little toad’ it was ironic.

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  29. DJG – I can’t stand him either, but gotta agree with him on this occasion regarding Henderson. That said, there would be about 20 English players I would take before Barton would be in with a shot 😛 It just pisses me off so much that if Guthrie, Simpson, or even Perch had had the exact same results/performances this season but playing for Liverpool, Chelsea, etc, they would 100% be in the squad. As it stands they’re not even given a moment’s consideration.

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  30. DJG why should he be banned permanently because he has a big mouth and high opinion of himself 😕 , 90% of what he’s said is spot on, I have seen many on here say the same about the bin dippers players. atleast he has the balls to come out and say what most others think.

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  31. Not seen this guy myself, but spoken to some Ajax fans and they have said he’s nothing great. Certainly not good enough to replace Tiote…

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  32. Big Dave @ 56 ‘DJG why should he be banned permanently because he has a big mouth and high opinion of himself’ 😕 .

    I was thinking more about the last day of the season and his latest fight at a nightclub. If I or you had the record that he has, ie. proffessional misconduct and fights, jail terms, we would lose our job and find it very difficult to find a another one. Why do you believe he should be any different? Please explain.

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  33. I have been enjoying food for a really long time, and usually I eat some food. However I’m seldom swayed by mass guerilla marketing.

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  34. And please don’t say because he is a sportsman and is therefor different to everyone else; because if he was a boxer and he got in so many brawls with the public / had been sent to jail, he would probably get his professional licence revoked.

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  35. Good games the neet anyway, not.

    Boring as fuck from what I saw.

    Jormini and Porchiggle cancelled themsells oot.

    Holland (who the fuck decided te call them ‘Netherlands’? – excuse my lack of geo-historical knowledge).

    …as much as I ain’t backed them, England aren’t actually that bad.

    If we get a point or more against Barfa’s boys we’re rocketing up that table. 😯

    …Spain for me still like.

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  36. DJG,I see what you’re saying, but in the UK we’re referring to Holland as the Netherlands now, not Holland. Not Nederland or other foreign spellings either. I just thought it looked different. 😕

    …not arsed either way like.

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  37. Germany are one of the most organised teams and clinical at getting results. Portugal are one of the most gifted, that LB Fabio Contrau still looks mint like, plus he had that fat lazy bastard Ronaldo in front of him even more impressive.

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  38. I think it refers to the ‘lowlands’ of that area and the modern country, whereas Holland is maybe one part of it??? I don’t know either but if I had to guess I would say that.

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  39. ‘When the country Nederland came into existence Holland was one of the provinces that joined the new country.
    As usual in that time the countries surrounding the new country translated the name of the new country into their own language, so Nederland became known as the Netherlands in English, Niederlande in German and le Pais Bas in French and so on.
    Nowadays Holland is nothing but an informal region in the west of the country, and the name for two provinces, which together make up the region: Noord Holland and Zuid Holland.’

    Ther ye gan..

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  40. Germany Shmermany
    They had too many chances and fucked it.

    We’re yet to see the winners, I reckon.

    And, as much as Schweinsteiger and Podolski look like tank commanders from a ’70s war film, their eyesight is gone.

    Jorminy – nee chance
    Holland – can’t be arsed
    Inglin – Hmmmm
    Spain – Bookies aren’t daft

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  41. Well done DJG , you did well to get a coherent conversation out of Rodz at that time of the morning. 😯 Unheard of to date 😆

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  42. Well done Rodz, the first person to get a coherent conversation out of DJG at anytime of the day 😉 😆

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  43. Anita is a Busquets type defensive midfielder. He’s got excellent vision and positioning, good ball handling and short range passing skills. On the other hand he has mediocre defensive skills, no goalscoring or long range passing ability.

    He can play left-fullback when needed but not his strong suit. An essential player for the distribution in a possession based team like Ajax, but I can’t see the value for Newcastle, especially as replacement for a tough tackling defensive midfielder like Tioté.

    Anita has been a crucial factor in Ajax’s championship this year and is considered more valuable to the team than Vertonghen. Ajax wants to extend his Anita’s contract, not sell him.

    Anita is unlikely to be sold for anything below his contract buyout clause which is estimated at €14m (≈ £11m).

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