The longer you spend in negotiations when the word is out you are after a top player, the more likely it is that good clubs will move in and try to do the deal with the player themselves.
That’s what seems to have happened at Newcastle, who have presumably been negotiating with PSV for the transfer of midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum since the weekend, with no apparent success or progress.
Georginio Wijnaldum – Everton considering move for midfielder
The Mirror is reporting tonight that Everton have now moved in to try to sign the 19 times capped 24 year-old Dutch International.
Managing Director Lee Charnley is supposed to be having talks in Holland with PSV to try to seal the deal, but it’s taking far too long – which is not unusual with Newcastle, who cannot seem to move quickly for any transfer.
Georginio returned to training only yesterday, and he has talked about the Newcastle move but he revealed Newcastle have still to agree a fee with PSV and so the ball is in Newcastle’s court.
It wouldn’t surprise us if Everton try to move ahead of Newcastle in this race, by quickly agreeing a fee with the Dutch club for Wijnaldum.
It looks like Newcastle will have to cough up £15M to get the Dutchman, which is what they will be balking about – as usual – plus the wages needed to convince Georginio to move to Tyneside could be as high as £60K/week.
Newcastle have plenty of money available in the bank – they just don’t like spending it, and it’s hard to break out of a habit that has lasted eight years.
We don’t know why there is so much delay with transfers into Newcastle, with the Premier League starting in four weeks come this weekend.
But Newcastle must become more aggressive and show more skill and determination in being able to attract and sign good players this summer.