Transfer talk

Toon target Anita wants Prem move

July 10, 2012
By ESPN staff

Ajax midfielder Vurnon Anita has spoken of his desire to secure a move to the Premier League, amid talk of a bid from Newcastle United.

Vurnon Anita
GettyImagesInterest in Ajax's Vurnon Anita is mounting

Magpies boss Alan Pardew has cast his eye over Anita, 23, following a glowing report from his chief scout Graham Carr.

Ajax are keen to retain the services of Anita, but the Newcastle Evening Chronicle is claiming that a bid of £8 million could soften the Dutch club's stance.

Anita, who is tied to Ajax until 2014, is aware of the interest in his services and would urge his club to let him move on.

"I am going to seriously consider any interest and will discuss it with my parents," Anita said. "The Premier League is a top competition where I would want to play.

"Ajax say they won't let me go, and I'm tied up here until 2014. It would be no punishment to stay, but you never know."

Meanwhile, Newcastle new boy Romain Amalfitano is determined to make his mark at St James' Park after completing a move from French club Reims.

The midfielder, who signed a three-year contract with the Magpies said: "My first goal is to impose myself. Obviously, I know that is not going to be easy and football goes very quickly, but it is not impossible.

"This is what I am here for. I try not to think about things too much, take it day by day and not ask myself too many questions so I can perform better."

Amalfitano, like teenager Gael Bigirimana, faces the task of forcing his way into a midfield which shone in last season's fifth-place Premier League finish.

The 22-year-old knows that will be a significant challenge, but is relishing the chance to show the manager and the Tyneside public exactly what he can do.

He said: "I am obviously very excited to know that there are 52,000 fans in the stadium. I think there is a whole city behind this club supporting the club.

"I just want to prove to them that I have the desire and energy to succeed. I really want to do well here, not only on a personal level, but also for the club.

"The only issue is the language barrier, but there are many French players, so that is very helpful.

"Demba [Ba], Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and also Mehdi [Abeid], who I have just met, players who speak my language, have helped me."