Thursday 17 July 2014
Newcastle United have completed their sixth signing of the summer transfer window after swooping for Netherlands international Daryl Janmaat.
The 24-year-old right-back arrives from Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee after putting pen to paper on a six-year deal at St. James' Park.
Janmaat began his career with fellow Magpie Tim Krul at ADO Den Haag, before joining Heerenveen in the summer of 2008.
He lifted the Dutch Cup in his first season and made 100 appearances over the course of four seasons, ahead of his move to Feyenoord.
"This is the perfect move for me - I think we are going to have a great season"
Over the course of the last two seasons, Janmaat has turned out 74 times for the Rotterdam-based club, scoring five times in the process.
The attack-minded defender is also an established international, winning 21 senior caps to date, five of which came in Brazil as Louis van Gaal's Oranje outfit missed out on a place in the World Cup final by the narrowest of margins; a penalty shoot-out defeat by Argentina.
"Newcastle is a fantastic club, with a big history and a great stadium," said Janmaat, who will link up with fellow Dutch signing Siem de Jong. "I have also been told all about how great the fans are.
"This is the perfect move for me, and I am really looking forward to being with the team and getting started here at Newcastle. I think we are going to have a great season."
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who adds the striker to a raft of summer signings including midfielder Jack Colback, strikers Ayoze Perez and Emmanuel Riviere, and attacking midfielders De Jong and Remy Cabella, expressed his delight at finding such a high calibre replacement for Mathieu Debuchy, who joined Arsenal on Thursday.
"We are delighted to bring Daryl to the club," he said. "He is the perfect example of a modern full-back; someone who is good defensively but offers a real threat going forward as well.
"Daryl had an excellent World Cup and we are looking forward to him continuing that form for Newcastle."
The Magpies open their 2014/15 campaign at home to Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday, 17 August.
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