Arsenal considering move for Ajax alternative

After rallying along with the rest of his teammates to win the Eredivisie title, Ajax attacker, Siem de Jong, may well be on the move this summer with reported interest coming in from Arsenal.

The 23 year-old started the season off as an attacking midfielder but quickly had to adapt to a striker role following several injuries to the Ajax forwards.

De Jong coped well with the pressure and ended the season with 17 goals and 12 assists across all competitions.

Arsenal have been linked with several playmakers in recent months as they look to mount a serious spending spree over the coming months in order to end their silverware drought.

The Gunners already wrapped up a deal to bring Lukas Podolski to the Emirates Stadium in an uncharacteristic manoeuvre.

However, it doesn’t seem as if the North London outfit are set to stop there with the likes of Yann M’Vila as well as Montpellier pair, Olivier Giroud and Younes Belhanda, also said to be on the Arsenal radar.

The Gunners are yet to really plug the hole that was left by the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri to Barcelona and Manchester City, respectively.

Aaron Ramsey and Yossi Benayoun both put in shifts behind the main attacking line this campaign but were it not for a late burst in form courtesy of Tomas Rosicky, Arsene Wenger’s men could well have found themselves in a worse finish than they ended up with.

De Jong has emerged as an integral member of an extremely young Ajax side that have earned a boatload of transfer speculation as a result of their league exploits.

Should the playmaker head for the exit of the Amsterdam club this summer, his signature would be expected to cost around £7m.

Tom is a recent graduate with a degree in Broadcasting from Brighton University, having written for a variety of sports publications, as well as a keen football fan and season ticket holder.