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Newcastle demand £10 million for Dutch defender

Newcastle have slapped a £10 million price tag on 26-year-old Dutchman Daryl Janmaat, amid Premier League interest in the defender, according to the Daily Mail.

Despite Magpies boss Rafa Benitez being unwilling to relinquish The Toon’s star talent ahead of a challenging Championship campaign, want-away right-back Daryl Janmaat could become the fifth player to leave St James’ Park this summer.

Newcastle completing the signing of Atletico Madrid right-back Jesus Gamez earlier this week could provide Janmaat with the green light needed to leave Tyneside, with the Dutchman supposedly pushing for a return to top-flight football.

Janmaat joined The Magpies in July 2014 from Dutch giants Feyenoord, and has since become an integral feature in the squad, making 69 Premier League appearances in two seasons, whilst bagging three goals. However, Janmaat’s exploits weren’t enough to prevent Newcastle from plummeting to the Championship, with relegation sparking rife speculation about the 26-year-old’s future with the club.

Numerous Premier League teams have shown an interest, with the team most eager to land Janmaat’s signature being second-season top-flight club Watford under new boss Walter Mazzarri. The Hornets will be looking to bolster their squad in order to boost their chances on building on an impressive return to the Premier League last season, and have supposedly set their sights on acquiring Janmaat’s services.

If Janmaat is to make an exit from Tyneside, any potential suitors will have to stump up a hefty £10 million fee, otherwise Janmaat could indeed remain with Newcastle, as The Magpies look to secure promotion and an immediate return to the Premier League in the season ahead.

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