Newcastle target Marc Overmars discovered Andre Onana and signed Frenkie de Jong for £1

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Newcastle United have set their sights on Ajax director Marc Overmars to oversee their radical overhaul at St James Park. The Magpies are the richest club in the world following this month’s £305million takeover.

The new Toon hierarchy are on the hunt for a new boss Steve Bruce departed the club via ‘mutual consent’ earlier this week.

But that hasn’t halted their search for a director of football to oversee the club’s ambitious new transfer policy.

And former Arsenal star Overmars has been earmarked for the role after an impressive stint with Ajax, according to De Telegraaf.

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Since taking up the role back in 2012, the Dutchman has preceded over a string of impressive signings for the Dutch giants.

Current number one goalkeeper Andre Onana was snapped up for just under £170,000 from Barcelona back in 2015, with Overmars spotting the stopper’s potential. Although he has missed time over the past 12 months for a doping ban, Onana has developed into one of the top goalkeepers in Europe during his spell at the club.

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As well as spotting Onana, Overmars was the architect of the deal that saw Frenkie de Jong arrive at the Johan Cruiff ArenA for just a £1 back in 2015.

The youngster was handed his chance a couple of years later and was a pivotal part of the squad that enjoyed a phenomenal run in the Champions League, reaching the semi-finals in 2019.

That form alerted Barcelona, who struck a £63m deal for the Dutchman – ensuring a colossal profit on the midfielder for Overmars and the club.

Amongst other successes, Overmars also secured a remarkable £38m profit on Davinson Sanchez after the defender spent just 14 months at the club before departing for Tottenham.

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Overmars’ eye for talent has seen him linked with a host of European heavyweights over the past couple of years.

Arsenal have reportedly been keen on a North London reunion in the past.

Although they decided against a move, it seems that Newcastle are set to offer Overmars the chance of a return to the Premier League.

Although Overmars is contracted to Ajax until 2024, it’s not anticipated that money will be an issue for the Magpies, who are well-equipped to meet the demands of the Eredivisie club.

Given that the new St James Park hierarchy have outlined lofty ambitions, but a desire to achieve them and operate sensibly, a move for a director of football with the credentials that Overmars’ possesses is a shrewd move – and could prove even more pivotal than any signings they actually make on the pitch in the long-run.

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