No fee has been agreed between Newcastle and PSV for their captain Georginio Wijnaldum, and terms have not been agreed with the player either, but the talks are still said to be at an advanced stage, and Steve McClaren is keen to get him to Newcastle so he can show him around Newcastle’s impressive facilities.
Georginio Wijnaldum – close to a deal
No doubt Newcastle’s Dutch stars Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Siem de Jong and Vurnon Anita will be keen to persuade him to join Newcastle too.
One indication whether we can sign him within the next 24 hours is whether he goes with the PSV squad to a training camp in Switzerland this morning.
If the deal is not near to completion, it’s understood that PSV would want to take him along, since he only reported back to training on Monday and is working on his fitness.
Newcastle are said to have bid €16M (£11.2M), but PSV want a little but more and the wages shouldn’t be a problem – so it is close.
Newcastle obviously would like him on the plane to the USA on Saturday, so that’s an incentive to get the deal tied up in the next couple of days.
The Chronicle is also reporting Newcastle are close to another signing – and maybe that could be Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, Marseilles midfielder Florian Thauvin or even 21 year-old Albanian defensive midfielder Ergys Kace who plays in Greece for PAOK.
There was news last night that Newcastle have even agreed a €16M fee for the Anderlecht striker.
It’s good if we can get a couple through the door this week – but the big priority remains center-backs and strikers.
A couple of signings will do wonders to lift the mood on Tyneside, which seems almost too negative at the moment.
But fans are also very concerned after the complete nightmare of the second half of last season.