EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle plot bold 9m swoop for Ajax playmaker De Jong
: Scores 13 goals as Ajax win the title
2012: Named in provisional Holland squad for Euro 2012 but does not make final 23
2012: Takes over club captaincy as Jan Vertonghen joins Tottenham
2012: Scores three goals in two games to help knock Man City out of the Champions League
Ajax appearances: 196. Goals: 64.
He has two years remaining on his Ajax contract and while wages wont be a problem to Newcastle, sources in Holland say he is eager to run down his deal and move on a free.
Pardew and his team of scouts will have to overcome that and convince him now is the time to move to the Premier League.
Pardew is planning a push for the Champions League places next season and wants to pack his team with more quality. It is understood he is particularly keen to link De Jong with French midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
Pardew also wants to show Cabaye – missing for much of the season with injury – that Newcastle are prepared to buy big.
Money talks: Pardew hopes to make a statement with the signing of De Jong
With QPR winning the race to sign of French forward Loic Remy from Marseille, the move for the much-wanted De Jong is Pardew’s next move.
De Jong is being pursued by German Bundesliga clubs and his brother, Luuk already plays for Borussia Monchengladbach.
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