Newcastle United owner, Mike Ashley, has admitted that the club accidentally brought in the wrong De Jong in the last transfer window, signing the brother of Siem de Jong on loan by mistake.
They finally got their man this week, with the former Ajax captain arriving for a fee of around £6m but it’s yet another deal that has left the club with egg on its face after they thought they had secured him on loan for the second half of last season, only for it to turn out they had actually signed his brother Luuk.
The loan signing of Luuk De Jong was the last act of Joe Kinnear’s tenure as Director of Football, and yesterday Mike Ashley discussed how it was the straw that broke the camel’s back:
Look, these things happen in football. It wasn’t a very successful period in the transfer market for us and we’ve moved on from that now.
We’ve finally got the man we wanted and his brother can go back to his own club – wherever that is – and we’ll move on from there.
He went on to say ‘At this point, I’d like to apologise to the fans for the whole debacle – the Yohan Kebab mishap, the whole lot.’
When Siem De Jong makes his debut, it will bring the number of brother pairings who have played for the club to 94, with the Ameobis and Lua Luas the most recent brothers to achieve such a feat.