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Newcastle trialist on fire with U21s in Holland

Newcastle United could be on the verge of bringing another Dutch player into the fold as former Ajax midfielder scores for fun on U21 pre-season tour.

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Just over two weeks ago we discovered that Dani Koks, former Ajax youth midfielder, was joining Newcastle United on trial.  The initial terms were said to be a one week trial, but some 17 days after it was first reported, the player is making headlines with the Newcastle U21s during their preseason tour in Holland.

In their first match (v. Vitesse Arnhem's "Jong" side), Koks scored the go-ahead goal of a 4-3 victory for Peter Beardsley's men.  On Thursday, he continued to impress, scoring a brace in a 2-1 victory over FC Utrecht's U21 side.  With 3 goals in two matches and two more chances to impress while the U21s are in Holland, it would seem that the strength of his on-pitch performances could see him earn a permanent deal at Newcastle.  He is technically still contracted to Willem II and will thus command a transfer fee if he does earn a permanent deal, if his training ethic and overall performances match his goal tally and upside reputation NUFC will likely take him on.

Perhaps the only thing that could derail a potential contract offer is if, in their dealings with him in practice and off the pitch, he exhibits the kind of attitude that led to his departure from the Ajax youth system.  Reportedly, he was upset about being left off of the roster for a tournament which led to his return to Willem II.  If he has managed to find happiness with the Newcastle team we could well see Dani joining up with the club on a permanent basis by early August.