With the upbeat mood at the Newcastle training center yesterday, when Steve McClaren invited the press in and answered questions about almost anything the journalists asked, news today that Newcastle are very close to singing both Georginio Wijnaldum of PSV and Aleksandar Mitrovic of Anderlecht.
Georginio Wijnaldum – on his way to have medical at Newcastle
Both fees are thought to be around €18M which is £12.5M – and will be record for transfer under Mike Ashley – and beat the £10.3M we paid to Deportivo for Coloccini in the summer of 2008.
This is the Tweet the PSV club have sent out this morning concerning Wijnaldum:
“PSV are nearing an agreement with Newcastle United and Wijnaldum has been given permission to finalize negotiations and undergo a medical examination,”
Here is more information on the Wijnaldum deal.
Georginio is now on his way to Newcastle for the medical and he has been talking to Vurnon Anita about Newcastle and he is said to be very keen to join the club.
That deal could even go through today if the medical goes through quickly but maybe no announcement until tomorrow.
The deal for Mitrovic is not quite as advanced but news today from Belgium that progress was made yesterday as the momentum picked up significantly.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – significant progress made yesterday
The deal is very close for the 20 year-old Serbian striker and he is being offered a five year deal to move to Newcastle.
A report in hln.be says significant progress was made yesterday when Newcastle officials were in talks with Anderlecht.
Here’s more news on the situation with Mitrovic.
The two signings, if they go through, will cost Newcastle around £25M – and that would be a good start to this summer’s transfer window.
It would also show that Mike Ashley was serious when he said on May 24th that he would give the Board big money to spend this summer.
If we get these two through the door it will make it a lot easier to sign the other three players that Steve McClaren wants in this summer.
That’s because it will show Newcastle are really serious about strengthening the team for next season.
We could have two very good pieces of news before tomorrow night, and both players could even be on the plane to the US on Sunday.
That would be fantastic.