AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 16: Vurnon Anita (L) of Ajax Amsterdam duels for the ball with Tom Cleverley of Manchester United during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg match between Ajax and Manchester United at Amsterdam Arena on February 16, 2012 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
Newcastle have completed the £6.2m signing of 23-year-old midfielder Vurnon Anita from Ajax, the club have confirmed.
Newcastle United have finalised the signing of Vurnon Anita from Ajax, the club have announced.
The 23-year-old midfielder has signed a five-year contract at the Sports Direct Arena after Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was reportedly convinced to part with a fee of £6.2m for the Dutchman.
In a statement on the club's official website, Magpies boss Pardew said: "He is an exceptionally talented footballer with great technical ability, which is exactly what I'm looking at in a player. And, at 23-years-old, we hope his best years are at Newcastle.
"He has come through the Ajax youth system which is world renowned for bringing up players the right way, and I am sure he will fit seamlessly into the squad of players we have here."
The Toon boss will be glad to complete the signing before his season-opener against Tottenham on Saturday, for which Newcastle have a swathe of key players unavailable for selection. Pardew hinted that he could feature in that game, stating: "Vurnon has done his pre-season, and indeed already played one competitive game, so he's up to speed and ready to play when I need him."