Newcastle united must up bid for Ajax’s Vurnon Anita

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NEWCASTLE United have been told they must up their bid for Vurnon Anita if they want to land the Ajax ace.

The Magpies had a five million euros bid for the Dutch midfielder turned down earlier this month but remain keen on the player, who can also operate at left-back.

Ajax chief Wim Jonk said he expects Newcastle to return with a fresh approach for the player before the transfer deadline.

He said: ”We’ve not had a counter offer. We’re not in negotiations unless Newcastle return with a very different offer.

“Things are quiet now, but English clubs are always late with transfers.”

Newcastle see Anita, a Dutch international, as a possible replacement for Cheik Tiote if he leaves the club this summer.

The 23-year-old has been converted to a defensive midfielder but would add extra cover at left-back.

Anita has been capped three times by Holland, but missed out on their Euro 2012 squad.

Australian defender Curtis Good, meanwhile, is still hopeful of a move to Newcastle.

The defender enjoyed a two-week trial on Tyneside in April and impressed the Magpies’ coaches with his ability and attitude.

Talks are ongoing over a possible move for the 19-year-old, who plays for Melbourne Heart in Australia’s A League.

Good’s representative, Zeljko Susa, remains hopeful that a deal can be struck for the player.

“Discussions are ongoing and we are hopeful of a positive outcome,” Susa said.

“It would be a fantastic opportunity for Curtis.”