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Clubs Will Be Disappointed In Attempts To Sign Newcastle Star

10:10 am, Saturday, June 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 67 Comments

News today that Rafa Benitez’ former club Napoli are interested in signing 25 year-old Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle in the summer transfer window, with the news being reported in Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Napoli did well last season and have already qualified for the group stages of the Champions League by finishing second in the Italian League, a full 9 points behind Champions Juventus – so they will get a cash windfall for that next season.

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Gini Wijnaldum in action last season

We paid around £14.5M for Gini from PSV last August and if Rafa wants to sell the player this summer we could even make a profit on him since the inconsistent Wijnaldum scored 11 goals for us, was out top scorer and showed he would be a good player in a winning team.

But Rafa also made it clear that he will decide the futures of all the Newcastle stars and not them or their agents.

Rafa had this to say yesterday in the Chronicle:

“I think that we have to analyze every single situation – every single case.”

“We said what we said before: We want to keep the squad as strong as possible and then we will analyze every single case, but we will try to do the best for the team.”

And Newcastle already issued a statement following Moussa Sissoko’s uncalled for outburst about wanting to join Arsenal last Tuesday, which was not surprisingly very similar:

“We have had enquiries for some of our players, but our position remains the same.”

“We want to retain and build a very strong squad at Newcastle United for the forthcoming season and that is absolutely what we will do.”

“We will always act in the best interests of the club and the squad.”

Premier League clubs Everton and Southampton are also said to be interested in signing Wijnaldum this  summer, but Newcastle are in a decent financial condition and don’t need to sell any players; that should become clearer as the summer progresses.

It completely depends on whether Rafa Benitez wants to keep Gini at the club as to whether he is sold or not.

We think Rafa will want to keep the Dutchman at Newcastle to help us get promoted straight back to the Premier League.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Contracts · Georginio Wijnaldum · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours




67 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jun 11, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Houdoe Gini!

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Jun 11, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Jij lui k€t !

  • 3 clinath@ed // Jun 11, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Sissoko warming up when he sees a camera…..

    https://www.facebook.com/AllNewcastleUnitedFCFans/videos/1193942210671540/

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Jun 11, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    We need a really angry super fan to come on ranting that all the regular posters are not posting because of the regular posters posts and that might make people start posting again!

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Jun 11, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    C@
    Ha ha, cringe worthy!

  • 6 BandB // Jun 11, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Not a word of congratulation from loyal bloggers about our record goalscorer being awarded the CBE for his services to North East charities.
    Is he paying the price for his lack of “positivity” in recent years?

  • 7 ShirebrookToon // Jun 11, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Clin We weren’t the only ones that noticed his performance last night then lol

  • 8 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 11, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    BandB
    Sorry I don’t believe in the honours system.

  • 9 Average_Contents // Jun 11, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Clinath

    Haha.

    Look, look at me everyone, I’m great.

    First class tit lol.

  • 10 BandB // Jun 11, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Neither do I Charlie.
    But the work itself deserves our recognition.
    I suspect a CBE for our owner this morning would have stirred some wordy tributes.

  • 11 clinath@ed // Jun 11, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Wannabe first class AC…. 😉
    Not very subtle was he lads?

  • 12 clinath@ed // Jun 11, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Ant and Dec got an OBE each

  • 13 Average_Contents // Jun 11, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Didn’t even know BandB, until you mentioned it on the last thread.

    Shearer finally called it (the running of the club) as he seen it and imo it was long overdue so I don’t know why he gets slagged (like you said, recently)

    Yes he’s a bit boring and yes he might have animosity towards the parasite.

    People saying he’s bitter about what happened have to surely realise that wouldn’t he of spoken out and been critical pretty much straight away.

    It’s only over the last 2 years he’s been outspoken against the regime.

    Anyway it’s breakfast time 🙂

  • 14 Ron Knee // Jun 11, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Shearer’s gong isn’t mentioned on the BBC sports pages.

    And a knighthood for Rod Stewart? What!!!

  • 15 BandB // Jun 11, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    And Sissoko should get an Oscar.

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Jun 11, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    BandB,
    I don’t think that many people knew about it tbh.

  • 17 Jail for Ashley // Jun 11, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    How come Brian Clough never got a knighthood?

  • 18 manxpie // Jun 11, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Haha funny as fusk that! Sisko btw hasn’t been let down by bad management he just isn’t very good unless he actually tries which isn’t very often
    he has been inconsistent his entire career that isn’t by chance!
    And on janmaat he isn’t a good RB

  • 19 Average_Contents // Jun 11, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    What I’m trying to say is (wasn’t very clear in my last post)

    Talking about how he was treated not long after it happened is different from having an opinion and speaking out over the way the club has been ran over the last two years (a lot know it’s a lot longer than that)

    Hence I think he should of said something earlier.

  • 20 manxpie // Jun 11, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    And on janmaat he isn’t a good RB as he can’t defend so how can he be a good RB when he can’t do his primary job?

  • 21 Barton // Jun 11, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    @17
    Its a national disgrace that B Clough has never been Posthumously Knighted,espec,in todays world when you can be honoured for 5 mins of z-list fame.

  • 22 magscar // Jun 11, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    I am totally against the mainly politically driven honours system so would find it hypocritical to recognise it by celebrating the award of one to a person even if I may feel there was some reason he/she deserved recognition.

    Shearer had his local recognition when he retired from the game several years ago and that was more meaningful to me. He hasn’t done much since to warrant further celebration. He was vilified at PL grounds whilst playing for us – a point which riled SBR but is part of the game and always was. I remember Bobby Moore getting stick at SJP.

    As to why some have seemingly been overlooked perhaps they turned down the offer – you are approached beforehand. Cloughie was never “establishment” so wouldn’t surprise me if was one such

  • 23 lesh // Jun 11, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    BanB

    How can any system that gives a gong to Ant and Dec really lacks credibility. They’re without character and an embarrassment to the Geordie nation!

  • 24 lesh // Jun 11, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    Whoops

    * How can a system… = A system that awards…

  • 25 expatmag // Jun 11, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    As a former regular poster, I have found paint drying more interesting than some of the shyte posted on here recently.

  • 26 jimmysmith // Jun 11, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Rod Stewart deserved his Knighthood for “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” on it’s own.

  • 27 Mister Tuff // Jun 11, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Shearer got his award because of his charity work in recent years.

  • 28 expatmag // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Does that mean I should get an OBE for my donations to World Vision and Save the Children fund?

  • 29 expatmag // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Just watching England getting thrashed by Australia in the rugby…..lol

  • 30 Jail for Ashley // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Please do regale us with your tales of 1980’some Melbourne, your fondness of chilled white wine and your lovely Russian wife expat, the blog was enthralled!

  • 31 expatmag // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    But a good coneback from the Poms though…..interesting game

  • 32 expatmag // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    More interesting than the daily crap we have to endure from you, JFA

    Even Welshie is more interesting than your constant drivel

  • 33 jimmysmith // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Van Gaal thought that Janmaat the best right back available to Holland. Which kinda suggests he might well have something to offer Newcastle under Benitez.

  • 34 Mister Tuff // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    expat – morning – meaning to ask you what this story is all about – certainly strange happenings in your country’s Northern Territory.

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/kangaroo-captured-mating-pig-northern-australia-1564831

    What’s going on here, what’s it all about.

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    That would be a matter of opinion expat!

  • 36 welshgeordie9 // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Why did you leave England for down under, couldn’t handle the weather, ahh bless his little cotton socks, English man taking the piss out of the English.

    couldnt make it up.

  • 37 expatmag // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    JFA

    Your tarnished reputation precedes you on this blog. That, is clearly evident judging by the amount of backs you have managed to get up over the years

  • 38 expatmag // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    TUFF
    Dont ask me, mate…..they are feral up there.

  • 39 jimmysmith // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    “Roo rooting”has long been a favourite pastime of all manner of Australian fauna. No biggie.

  • 40 expatmag // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Considering you are a wrlshman, why are you so interested?

  • 41 expatmag // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    JIMMY

    Mark Viduka shagging Mike Ashley springs to mind….lol

  • 42 welshgeordie9 // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Just wondering why you care so much about the football club when you are the other side of the world, if i was a Geordie I wouldn’t move anywhere else, but that’s me.

  • 43 Mister Tuff // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Cloughie was awarded an OBE – which he accepted. Suggesting he was offered a knighthood and refused certainly does not therefore seem logical at all and quite fanciful to say the least.

  • 44 Mister Tuff // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    Welshie – will you be going on holiday to the Northern Territory in Oz – in order to fight the kangaroo – “winner takes all”.

  • 45 welshgeordie9 // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    with my contribution over the years on this blog, i should be knighted.

    Sir welshiegeordie9 sounds awesome.

    Ha ha ha

  • 46 welshgeordie9 // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Mister Tuff

    All the dangerous animals and insects in oz would be afraid of me.

    Ha ha ha

  • 47 magscar // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    The point on Cloughie was simply an offer of a possible explanation as to why he he didn’t have one – don’t follow the awards so couldn’t have told you if he already had one – the fact some had questioned a knighthood suggested he hadn’t one of those.

  • 48 Bobbybee // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Expat, are they showing the Euro’s over there matey? Did you watch last nights opener? Cracking game and hopefully a sign of what’s to come. Just wondering, with the number of former Europeans over there if they show the games live.

  • 49 welshgeordie9 // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Wouldn’t go to Austraila anyway.

  • 50 Jail for Ashley // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    expat,
    Tarnished reputation?
    Moaning about the quality of posts while posting watching England getting thrashed LOL makes you top notch, and I’ve seen you get your fair share of backs up lol.

  • 51 Bobbybee // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Welshie, more sheep in Oz than Wales you know? Imagine betty’s joy if you did move to Oz. 😉

  • 52 welshgeordie9 // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Jail

    For once i agree with you, thinking the same thing.

  • 53 Mister Tuff // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    welshgeordie9 // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:46 PM
    Mister Tuff
    All the dangerous animals and insects in oz would be afraid of me.
    Ha ha ha

    Welsh – I’d be afraid of you if you were going to behave like the kangaroo.

  • 54 welshgeordie9 // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Bobby

    Have you got to mention sheep, you know what they like, it will give them ideas, bet some have watched animal farm.

    Ha ha ha

  • 55 expatmag // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    England win the first test 39-28 against Australia at the Suncorp….well done.

  • 56 clinath@ed // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    What a game of rugby. Well done England, hard fought and well deserved.

  • 57 Shadow_Shearer // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Does anybody else feel we’re still not getting any real communication from the club???

  • 58 jimmysmith // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    England 39, Stralia 28. Eddie 7 for 7 as coach. Rotten turncoat.

  • 59 Bobbybee // Jun 11, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Welshie, my advice to anybody is, if you watch Animal Farm, make sure it’s the George Orwell one or have a bucket close by if it’s not. 😉

  • 60 expatmag // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Bobby

    Yes but only through BEIN sports so you have to oay to watch it. I didnt watch this mornings game as most of the matches are around 2am or 5am here. However, I watch the replays.

  • 61 welshgeordie9 // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Hoping today’s football is going to be the same as last nights match, hopefully both Wales and England win today.

  • 62 expatmag // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Welshie

    Cant really say I care what you think anyway and as for coming here, we dont take wimps…..especially the welsh variety.

  • 63 Bobbybee // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Shadow, wouldn’t say that myself, because Rafa is making himself available to the Chronic, and even phoning them with comments. Maybe not the e mails we got before, but with Rafa keeping us posted at least we know what’s happening.

  • 64 welshgeordie9 // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Bobby

    I know what you mean mate.

    Ha ha ha

  • 65 expatmag // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    JFA

    We started well but tailed off and as for causing arguments on here, I dontpost on here often enough to match your daily altercation apparently.

  • 66 welshgeordie9 // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Me a wimp no chance, i work outdoors in freezing conditions.

  • 67 Mister Tuff // Jun 11, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Welsh -fair point – working outside all year round in all weathers-you certainly have to be a bit tough.
    Yes shepherds are a tough breed.




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