Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Ajax midfielder Siem de Jong on a six-year contract.
The Dutchman has moved to St James’ Park for an undisclosed fee after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical earlier this week.
De Jong is likely to come into the Newcastle first XI as a direct replacement for Yohan Cabaye who left the club in January for Paris Saint-Germain.
The 25-year-old can also play as a striker and moves to the Premier League after spending his entire career with Ajax.
He was appointed club captain in 2012 and has made six appearances for the Netherlands although he missed out on their World Cup squad.
His arrival comes just weeks after his brother Luuk did not earn a contract after failing to impress for the Magpies while on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach.
De Jong will now link up with the Newcastle squad and has admitted that he cannot wait to get started on Tyneside.
He told Newcastle’s official website: “It is great to have signed for Newcastle. It is a big club which my brother told me all about, so I already feel good here.
“I had been at Ajax a long time and wanted a new challenge in a new environment and a new country.
“Coming to Newcastle is a great opportunity and the chance to play for a club like this in the Premier League was one I could not turn down.
“I am looking forward to starting training and meeting my new team-mates and hopefully we can have a successful season.”