Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf is reporting today that Lee Charnley traveled to Holland yesterday in an attempt to get the deal for Georginio Wijnaldum completed, and with Everton said to be entering the race, they think that Charnley will now try to get the deal done very quickly, and maybe even today.
Georginio Wijnaldum – leaves for Switzerland tomorrow
Here is an extract from their report:
¨It is doubtful whether captain Georginio Wijnaldum will be present Thursday, with PSV going to their training camp in Switzerland.¨
¨There is additional pressure, now that Everton have eyes on Wijnaldum. The club from Liverpool is going to maybe interfere in the short-term in the battle for the PSV captain.¨
¨Given the dynamism of Newcastle United, however, there could be a quick agreement possible.¨
¨Managing Director Lee Charnley of Newcastle United yesterday personally traveled to the Netherlands to negotiate in the Amsterdam region with representatives of PSV.¨
I like the bit about the dynamism of Newcastle United.
Tomorrow the PSV squad and Wijnaldum will leave for a training camp in Switzerland, and so Wijnaldum will not be available at that time, which is why they say a deal is even possible today.
If Newcastle don’t complete the deal today one thing to look for is whether Wijnaldum travels to Switzerland tomorrow, because if he doesn’t it’s even more reason to suggest Newcastle are very close to getting their first signing this week.
We hope that Everton coming in for the 19 times Dutch International will get Newcastle moving quickly today – and with the squad leaving this weekend for their USA tour time is running out if they want any new signings on the plane to America.
If Newcastle can indeed pull this deal off it will be huge relief for head coach Steve McClaren, who is keen to get news faces in at Newcastle.
It will also be very good news for the (very) frustrated Newcastle fans.