Newcastle Close In On Wijnaldum After He Turns Down Sunderland


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

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.

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100 comments so far

  • beermonkey

    Jul 4, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #1

    chasing rabbits

    Austin to Chelsea he would be mad to go there, they only ever play with one striker and have just signed falcao add that to remy and costa

    jesper

    it does but I wont hold my breath oddly I am more concerned that we are not signing any youth from abroad like perez
    I have just look McLaren had 16 derby players out onloan last season when was the last time we had double figures

    surprised no1 in the prem has gone in for van persie looks like he could be off to fenerbache

    we don’t go in for marquee signings anymore but you cant ignore the cash some of these players even aging ones can generate in merchandising
    again something the club doesn’t seem to exploit is that cos the Ashley gets it all not the club and marquee signings want a %

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 4, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Something does seem to suggest that Charmless has been sleeping his day away since January!

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ASfVIFUw20Y

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 4, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d take this lad, way better than Sissoko.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 4, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #4

    beer…what ever happened to that 6 player shortlist Carver talked about?

    McClaren’s last interview seem to suggest he’s been alone at the club the past two weeks! What’s Charmless doing? Well I seem to have answered that just before!

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 4, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #5

    England come 3rd beating the Germans with a pen…good day all round

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 4, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #6

    £50million quid would get these players in who would significantly strengthen the squad:
    Joel Matíp
    Georginio Wijnaldum
    Florian Thauvin
    Charlie Austin
    Ivan Toney

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 4, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #7

    Oh and would u look at that on the day the papers cost more we are suddenly bidding left right and centre! Ha who falls for this still?

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 4, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #8

    jesper

    this is why there is so much frustration around
    I don’t think we will see any major signings till we come back from the states
    I think there waiting to see what McLaren and co say about certain players
    mainly so they can do it on the cheap as is the norm

    but with colo wilo taylor out of contract at the end of the season they need to address they but with laschelles and maybe dummett if they say can get something out of them and good and satka they will only have to buy one cb not 2

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  • Blofal

    Jul 4, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #9

    He is worth $15m. Get it done.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 4, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #10

    Is the fans forum Monday?

    When do the minutes come out?

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 4, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #11

    optimistic prime

    We have sisoko why do we have to lose him. We jst add him to the pile.

    We r building a top 10 side. We have to win a trophy this season.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 5, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Austin will go to west ham unless chelsea really want him. However i think we will get players soon. If the media targets are accurate , we havent lost out on any top players on our list yet. Patience lads. A decent coaching set up is in place and that is more important. I reckon 4 decent players in the spine of the team will be enough for now

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 5, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Joel Matíp – 10m
    Georginio Wijnaldum – 15m
    Florian Thauvin – 15m
    Charlie Austin – 15m

    All we need r those players but will have to keep Colo, Cisse and Tiote for ttransition process. In case the new signings dont work out.

    That can push us to compete with the Top 6 especially with Mcclaren at helm

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 5, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #14

    Maybe even 3.

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  • lesh

    Jul 5, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #15

    Good lord, what’s happening?

    Austin’s bid to be increased?

    Wijnaldum’s close to a move to sjp

    Could somebody be trying to take the heat out of the FF meeting? He might even bring them to meet-and-greet the fans there if we’re really lucky!

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 5, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #16

    ………………………….Krul
    Janmatt……..Matip………Colo………..Durmett
    ……………….Widja………….Colback
    Sissoko…………..De Jong (c)…………Thauvin
    ………………………..Austin
    Subs:
    Darlow, Taylor, Tiote, Anita, Cabella, Perez, Cisse.

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  • lesh

    Jul 5, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #17

    OP

    When do the FF meeting minutes out?

    Charnley’s got them drafted already!

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  • stestickle

    Jul 5, 2015 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #18

    Wdftta looks good buwouldt have haidara for dummet prefer him at cb

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 5, 2015 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #19

    the ff meetings are a waste of time
    all they ever say is we refer you to some old statement they made or they cant answer that at this time

    not once have they ever answered a question of any substance

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  • stestickle

    Jul 5, 2015 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #20

    Wdftta looks good but would have haidara for dummet prefer him at cb

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 5, 2015 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #21

    What about CB’s and strikers. An AM is lower on the priority list surely? Unless Sissoko is leaving possibly for around the same price? Hmmmm.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 5, 2015 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #22

    GeordieTwo

    We lack creativity in the midfield. I wld take Wijna. But the signing am against as of now is Thauvin we shld first wait. Spend money on a CB – Stricker – AM – WF

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  • nufc 11

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #23

    Michael Dawson frn hull for me a prober defender head tackles reads the game well no Brainer

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  • Magpie Season

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #24

    Read last night Santon was surplus at Inter. Stoke want to make a move for him.

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  • Magpie Season

    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #25

    Weren’t we linked with McGeady few years back?

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  • spitfire_

    Jul 5, 2015 at 3:43 AM

    Comment #26

    The fans forum is tomorrow… by then will be a lot of “done deals” according to papers. Especially from our media partners.

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  • Chris

    Jul 5, 2015 at 5:08 AM

    Comment #27

    wdftta
    I agree – I’d definitely take Wijnaldum ahead of the French lad. I don’t care how highly Carr rates Thauvin because I just don’t trust Carr’s judgement any more – I prefer to take note of what thousands of French football fans think. In a poll a few months ago 29,511 of them voted on who they thought was the most over-rated player in Ligue 1 last season and 33% of them chose Thauvin.
    http://frenchfootballdaily.com/2015/04/most-over-rated-ligue-1-players-201415-poll-by-france-football-2014-2015/

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  • JDdubai

    Jul 5, 2015 at 5:20 AM

    Comment #28

    Chris

    But Carr has tracked Wijnaldum for a few years now – do you trust his judgement on him?

    Again i am suspicious that these reports come out the day before the Fans Forum, the clubs history of bullsh!t is too great not to suspect it.

    However the thing i like most about Wijnaldum is that he is another captain for his club, same as SDJ. We need heart in our team, too many Sissoko’s around who couldnt give a toss and dont want to be here.

    Austin, Wijnaldum, Thauvin, Matip…………+ 1 or 2 others would be a bonus.

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  • expatmag

    Jul 5, 2015 at 5:37 AM

    Comment #29

    Dubai

    Everyone can discuss, argue, pontificate, guess and even sometimes enthuse about the names being banded about in the press but until you see the actual player photographed in the SJP tunnell with all those shite direct sponsorship signs in the foreground in the official website, I will not believe a word of what these tossers in charge of our once great club say.

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  • expatmag

    Jul 5, 2015 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #30

    Dubai

    A german friend of mine who supports Schalke tells me that Matip can be world class one week and a sunday park defender the next. Totally inconsistent and apparently responsible for a lot of goals they conceded last season.

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  • JDdubai

    Jul 5, 2015 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #31

    Expat

    Thats a fair point and understandable.

    Think Im just tired of being negative with the club, thats why im still ignoring common sense and hoping they will follow up the crap they say.

    Carr said in February that this summer would be different and they would give cups a go from now on etc and change the way things were going. Time will tell.

    Will charnley be at the Forum meeting does anyone know? Not sure if Id want him there or he should be out finalising these deals.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jul 5, 2015 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #32

    Don’t know much about Wijnaldum yet but I’d be surprised if PSV were keen to let him go…they just sold their other star midfielder to Man U (Depay). If it is true I hope he is a leader who can read the game well and pass it properly otherwise he’s not much of an upgrade on what we have already.
    Errrr, Centre Half please? Two even?

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  • Reyantoon

    Jul 5, 2015 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #33

    I have a feeling we will get Austin,wijnaldum and Matip,although my first choices were
    Mitrovic,Grenier and Van dijk.
    Don’t know much about wijnaldum but I thought he is a defensive midfielder.If we sell cisse,then Thauvin will come.Anyway,I’ll be happy whoever comes in.
    For those who keep slagging Sissoko,just wait and see how he’s going to burst under the right guidance and coaching!!

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  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2015 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #34

    expatmag
    Your German friend could be Schalke’s version of Toonbrother !!!!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 5, 2015 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #35

    When people are saying we only need three players brought in, what do they mean by this. Is three players the bare minimum to stop us imploding and to try and avoid relegation or three players to help us achieve this holy grail of eighth and a cup run.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jul 5, 2015 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #36

    Jail
    Without my having read anyone saying we only need 3, I woujld hazard a guess that is a sign of well ‘managed’ expectations and nobody really expects more than 3 incoming?
    Well done England lasses by the way. Always nice to see England beat Germany, and on a penalty!

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  • sing in the corner

    Jul 5, 2015 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #37

    *-woujld hazard??
    WFT? Sounds like Wijnaldum , or faintly Dutch anyway.. Its a sign I tell ya

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  • sing in the corner

    Jul 5, 2015 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #38

    WFT… = WTF. Its early…

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  • expatmag

    Jul 5, 2015 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #39

    Jib

    Quite possibly although he has always struck me as a knowledgeable and sensible bloke……lol

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  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2015 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #40

    Jail for Ashley
    Are you forgetting that since January we have been managed by a total incompetent , an excellent drills and fitness coach , who has not the first idea about sports psychology and man management , who was only kept in the job because the season had been written off and it was impossible to get relegated.
    It would be very harsh to judge any Toon player on the last 5 months of the season.
    So talk of implosion and relegation is overly dramatic , as is refferring to 8th place as the holy grail.

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