It really does look like Newcastle are close to a breakthrough for Georginio Wijnaldum with news in the Dutch media today that Lee Charnley traveled to Holland yesterday in an attempt to get the 24 year-old signed up.
That report is backed up by a separate report in the Chronicle today which is fairly consistent on the details.
Georginio Wijnaldum – given assurances by Newcastle
The Chronicle is reporting that Lee was in Amsterdam yesterday and held face to face talks with PSV Eindhoven and that they went well.
The fee discussed was a big one – between €15M (£10.7M) and €20M (£14.2M) – so Georginio will not come cheap, and that will be the biggest fee paid out by Newcastle under owner Mike Ashley.
It looks like Lee must have traveled early in the morning to Holland (it’s a very short flight from Newcastle to Amsterdam) and spent the day in discussions – so that’s good news.
It’s interesting that Lee met with the Fans Forum Monday night and probably had an early flight to Amsterdam the next morning to tie up what would be a tremendous deal for Newcastle.
The talks were held in Schiphol, which is where the Amsterdam Airport is located, so they probably met in a conference room at the airport or in a nearby airport hotel.
Charnley is said to have flown back to Newcastle yesterday to update the Board on the progress made.
Apparently they must have also talked with the player because the Chronicle report is that Wijnaldum has been assured by the club that both he and Siem de Jong will play together for Newcastle next season.
It looks like Georginio asked for that assurance, since his style of play and position is similar to that of Siem de Jong.
Newcastle already have Dutchmen Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul and Vurnon Anita, as well as Siem de Jong at the club, so if he does sign he should be able to settle in quickly.
This is looking like it could be the real thing – and the deal could even be completed today – although an announcement today would be unlikely – since Georginio would need to take and pass a medical.