Newcastle are busy trying to negotiate a deal with PSV for Georginio Wijnaldum, but still have to agree a fee for a player who turned down French giants PSG last summer to stay in Holland.
And some in Holland are now wondering why he would now want to join Newcastle, who are not even playing in Europe and nowhere near the team that PSG have at the moment – and he turned them down last summer.
Georginio Wijnaldum – could stay at PSV
Georginio has given a long interview with Fox Sports, and his comments are being reported in the Dutch media.
In some parts of the interview he seems positive about Newcastle, but in other parts he admits it may be difficult to join Newcastle.
One reason for that is that PSV go for the Dutch Championship every year and participate in the Champions League.
The 24 year-old was asked at one point in the interview if it was a bit illogical to want to join Newcastle United, after he had turned down PSG last summer.
It was even put to him that the level of play at Newcastle was not good enough – maybe it was too low?
This is how he answered that question:
“Yes, it can be. Everyone has their own opinion about that. But what is too low? It’s a different league of course. You can always improve yourself at such clubs.”
“But of course there is a difference between Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle. PSG was very concrete and then with Newcastle they still need to come in.”
“It would certainly be no punishment to stay at PSV. I feel good here and the people are good to me.”
PSV go every year for the Dutch Championship and now get Champions League games, so that would definitely be a punishment. “
Not only do Newcastle have no Champions League football like PSV and PSG, but we have no chance of getting Champions League football either.
That’s unless we start to spend big money and get an injection of ambition that we haven’t had for eight years under owner Mike Ashley.
We suppose the best Newcastle can do is to convince the player he will get regular games at Newcastle and will become a much better player by playing week in week out in the Premier League.
That could be a hard sell, but it’s still possible to do the deal – if we are aggressive and persuasive enough – and also offer the Dutchman a good wage deal.
It also seems that Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat have done a (very) good job of telling him over the summer how good things are at Newcastle.