Newcastle United duo convinced de Jong to sign

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DUTCH duo Vurnon Anita and Tim Krul pestered Siem de Jong into signing for Newcastle United in a series of texts and phone calls.

De Jong put pen to paper on a six-year deal at St James’s Park on Monday night after a £6m move from Ajax.

It brought to an end a long chase for the attacker who has been a target for Newcastle for three years.

The 25-year-old has been extensively watched by the Magpies’ chief scout Graham Carr and manager Alan Pardew, and becomes the latest player to move to Tyneside from the Eredivisie after Cheik Tiote and Anita.

De Jong’s younger brother, Luuk, also had a spell at the club last season, and offered words of advice to his sibling.

But it was long-standing pals Anita and Krul who have been waging a campaign to get their fellow Dutch international to join them in England.

De Jong said: “I talked a lot with my agents and I talked to Vurnon and Tim also over the last few years sometimes about maybe coming here, and we’ve had a lot of talks with the club.

“They (Anita and Krul) have been positive about the club and told me to come and join us and play with us next season.”

De Jong is particularly close to Anita, having grown up with him at Ajax where they came through the youth set-up together before making the step up to the first team.

And he says Anita has been telling him to follow him to Newcastle ever since he joined the club for £6.7m two years ago.

“I played with Vurnon in the youth team at Ajax, so I knew him before we even went into the first team,” added De Jong.

“We were 14 when we first played against each other and then afterwards we played together

“We know each other pretty well and I talked to him sometimes about Newcastle and he texted me on Monday as well.

“And I’ve known Tim since I was 19 or 20 with the Under-21s team.

“We played together for the national side so I also know him pretty well.”