Anita poised for Toon switch
Dutchman says deal has been agreed with Ajax
By Gerrit van Leeuwen. Last Updated: August 13, 2012 9:57am
Vurnon Anita: Excited about the idea of playing for Newcastle after saying a deal has been agreed
Vurnon Anita believes he would suit Newcastle United's playing style after confirming that a deal has been agreed with Ajax.
Sky Sports revealed over the weekend that the Magpies had struck a deal with the Dutch club and the transfer is now expected to be finalised in the coming days.
The Holland international, who can play at left-back or in midfield, has been one of Alan Pardew's transfer targets for much of the summer and Ajax were reluctant to sell.
Anita, who is reportedly set to sign a five-year contract, told De Telegraaf: "The clubs have worked out a deal. Newcastle will pay a fixed fee of 8.5million and bonuses."
Ajax are believed to have offered the 23-year-old a counter-proposal with a contract until 2016 or 2017 in an effort to keep him in Amsterdam.
"But the wage I had in mind was above the new salary ceiling," the player explained.
Anita is set to hold further talks with Pardew before completing his move and admits it would be an emotional moment to leave Ajax after so many years with the club.
However, he is excited about the prospect of linking up with a club like Newcastle and believes they share the same vision of how the game should be played.
"Ajax is a fantastic club where I have played since I was nine, so therefore you have doubts," he said.
"But Newcastle is a big club, who did very well last year. They want to play, and that's what I want also."