The Sunday People are reporting on Sunday that Newcastle are closing in on 24 year-old Dutch International midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, as Steve McClaren’s first signing for Newcastle, and the report says that he has turned down a move to Sunderland.
Georginio Wijnaldum – Newcastle reported close to signing
The report suggests that the player would cost Newcastle up to £15M, but that seems high for the 19 times capped Dutch International attacking midfielder.
Both Sunderland and Newcastle were reported last week to be in a head-to-head battle for the highly skilled Dutch International.
And Steve McClaren seems confident that Newcastle can get the player he knows all about, from his time coaching FC Twente in the Eredivisie, where Georginio played for Feyenoord before joining PSV in 2011.
Sunderland are now said to have turned their attentions to signing Everton and Irish International winger Aiden McGeady, the former Celtic player who only joined Everton last year from Spartak Moscow.
Newcastle have been interested in signing Wijnaldum for some years now, as Chief Scout Graham Carr has watched his progress closely in Holland, but we’d be surprised if Newcastle have to pay as much as £15M for him.
Wijnaldum has been at PSV for four seasons after signing on for them from Feyenoord for €5M which is around £3.5M with today’s exchange rates.
He’s played 154 times for PSV with 56 goals and 24 assists, and while at Feyenoord he played 135 times with 25 goals and 11 assists.
Georginio is a very good technical player, and would be a great signing for Newcastle.