According to the Sun, Newcastle United are the ‘frontrunners’ to sign Donny van de Beek from Manchester United in January.

The Dutchman has had a torrid time in the Premier League so far, joining the Red Devils in August 2020. He cost £35million from Ajax, but has struggled for minutes in a Manchester United shirt.

The 24-year-old spends most of his time sat on the bench, with a sad expression on his face that seems to say ‘why did they sign me in the first place?’.

Van de Beek has been linked with a move away, and almost joined Everton in the summer.

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WAYNE ROONEY TO EVERTON IS A JOKE.

But ever since the Newcastle takeover went through last month there’s been talk of a move to St James’ Park.

However, this isn’t the first time that Van de Beek has been linked with the Magpies. In fact, there was talk about the midfielder and Newcastle way before PIF arrived.

Newcastle linked with Van de Beek in 2019

Ajax had a 2019 to remember.

The Amsterdam club went on a remarkable Champions League run, knocking out Real Madrid and Juventus with their scintillating brand of football.

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The incredible team assembled by Marc Overmars and managed by Erik ten Hag, two recent Toon targets, made it to the Champions League semi-final, where they lost to Tottenham in heart-breaking fashion.

But it was an amazing run by Ajax, and one that put the club back in the spotlight. It also made a lot of their players targets for other teams.

And according to Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan in 2019, Van de Beek was being watched by Newcastle scouts. He also stated that Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton were watching the Netherlands international.

At the time Van der Kraan wrote: “He is an ideal player for the Premier League, he has the skills, like most Ajax players, and a big tank so he can run all day.”

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Sadly for Van de Beek, he hasn’t had many opportunities to prove he’s ideal for the Premier League. But could he rebuild his reputation at Newcastle?

It would be an incredibly ambitious move when you consider our place in the table.

In June 2019, fans thought rumours of a move for Van de Beek were laughable.

But could a player who Newcastle have been scouting long before PIF arrived finally join the club in January? It seems unlikely, but so did a takeover at the start of last month.

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