SIEM de Jong has issued a “come and get me” plea to Premier League admirers, writes DANIEL PRINCE.
The midfielder is hoping to leave Ajax this summer.
And de Jong was quoted in the Dutch Press earlier this month as saying there had been “contact” with Newcastle United.
However, it is understood no move is imminent for De Jong – brother of former Newcastle loanee Luuk – although he does interest the Magpies.
The 25-year-old has 12 months left on his Ajax contract, and he has an agreement with the Dutch champions that he will be allowed to leave this summer.
Louis Laros, de Jong’s agent, says a number of Premier League clubs are interested in the player. who was troubled by injury last season.
Laros – who would not be drawn on the interested clubs – said: “Siem did not have a great season because of his injuries, but he is an interesting player for a lot of clubs in England.
“They know him from the big games he has played in the past and the goals he has scored, such as against Manchester City in the Champions League (in 2012).
“There are no concrete offers for Siem, and although leaving this summer is an option, he is happy at Ajax.
“He has been the captain for two years and has won the title four years in a row.
“Before last season, the plan was to definitely transfer him this summer, but the injuries might make it more difficult.
“Siem is interested (in a transfer), but there needs to be an agreement between the buying club and Ajax, and it needs to be the right club for Siem.”
De Jong has been with Ajax since his days in youth football, and was made captain after the sale of Jan Vertonghen to Tottenham in 2012.
The Netherlands international is not interested in leaving on a free transfer next summer, although that could change if Ajax are not reasonable with their valuation of the player.
Laros added: “There was an agreement last year, when he signed the new contract, that Ajax would sell him this summer.
“He is very loyal to the club, though, and it’s not in his thinking to leave Ajax for free next summer.
“He wants them to receive a transfer fee, and is very grateful to them, who he has been with from youth level all the way to being the club’s captain.
“Ajax have to ask for a reasonable price, and if they are asking for an unreasonable price, we might change our mind.
“He wants to leave through the front door, and I hope that Ajax receive a good offer for him.
“If that happens, Siem will be happy to sign for a new club.”
Laros is uncertain as to how swiftly a deal could be done, with much of this summer’s transfer business at a standstill because of the World Cup in Brazil.
He added: “It could go fast if a concrete offer comes in, but English clubs are normally slow with transfers and sign players late in the preparation for the new season.
“It could happen in a week, or it could wait until the end of August.
“Everyone wants to play in the Premier League, but the same is also true of Germany and Spain.
“It depends on the club, the manager, the philosophy and how they want to treat him on the field.
“Siem is a multi-functional player and can play in a number of different positions.
“He needs to know how any possible new club plans to play him.”