Marc Overmars’ stance on joining Newcastle as Magpies prepare to quadruple his Ajax salary

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Newcastle United’s increased finances following their takeover earlier this month means they are a very interesting proposition to work with. And according to reports, Ajax’s director of football Marc Overmars could be tempted by a move to Tyneside by quadrupling his current wage.

Overmars, 48, joined Ajax as their director of football in 2012 following a stint as a youth coach.

The Dutchman has overseen the sales of superb talents including Hakim Ziyech, Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek in his nine years at the Johan Cruyff Arena, and it is believed that Newcastle chiefs believe his qualities would be perfect for their new project.

Having played for Arsenal from 1997-2000 and winning the double in 1997-98 under Arsene Wenger, he knows the Premier League well.

And according to Voetbal Primeur, a move to Newcastle could well be in the offing with the Dutch outlet stating that Overmars wants to leave for St James’ Park.

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Reporter Valentijn Driessen said to the website that Overmars may not start until the New Year which would indicate he would be tasked with planning for the summer.

“Overmars will go, I think. If he gets the chance, he goes,” Driessen said.

“Overmars has to start in January or February, because he has to put together the selection for the new season. And his successor has to do that for Ajax.”

Driessen has already stated that talks will take place between the two – but he believes Overmars is not the only candidate.

“If we want to have someone in the Netherlands, you only talk to the person you want,” he continued.

“But in England it is something different, they talk to a number of candidates. And Marc is one of them.”

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However, he goes on to state that Erik ten Hag – the Ajax manager who has been linked with the vacant managerial role at St James’ Park – is not interested in potentially joining Overmars.

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With Ajax having taken maximum points from their Champions League group and boasting a four-point lead over their nearest league rivals PSV Eindhoven, Driessen believes Ten Hag would be stupid to move due to the possibility of Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship.

“No, Ten Hag is not going,” he said.

“He’s not going to exchange the Champions League for the Championship, is he? It might be possible at the end of the season.”

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