Newcastle Brace For Some Big Bids For Top MIdfielder

Roma’s Miralem Pjanic joined Juventus on a five-year contract for a fee of €32M (£25M)on Monday, after passing his medical and the news today in La Gazzetta dello Sport is that Roma are preparing a bid for Newcastle’s Gini Wijnaldum as a replacement for Pjanic.

Earlier this week it had been reported that Rafa Benitez has slapped a £30M fee on Gini, as he is one of the players the Spanish manager wants to keep at Newcastle, now we are in the English second division.


Gini Wijnaldum – Roma readying bid

It seems that Wijnaldum is Roma’s top choice to replace Pjanic and it will be interesting to see how Newcastle react if an official bid, as expected, is launched by the Italian club.

And Ronald Koeman has just been announced as the new Everton manager after leaving Southampton – and it looks like he’s after two of Newcastle’s top Dutchmen – Gini Wijnaldum and goalkeeper Tim Krul.

So we could also be seeing a bid coming in from the Toffees for Gini.

Gini still has four years left on his contract and the news is that if Newcastle’s fee is too high for Gini,  then Roma have identified Fiorentina‘s Borja Valero as the next in line, if they cannot get Wijnaldum.

Roma are hoping they can negotiate a fee with Newcastle of between £15M and £18M for the Dutch midfielder, but Newcastle will hold out for a much bigger fee than that.

Wijnaldum scored 11 Premier League goals for us last season and he was our top goalscorer beating out Aleksandar Mitrovic who had 9 PL goals.

But the Dutch International did not play well in the second half of the season when things got tough – especially away from home.

All Gini’s goals were scored at St. James’ Park.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Veltmann

    Jun 15, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Pijanic was my favorite midfield player.Wanted him to sign for us while he was at Lyon and as soon as we lost Cabaye,along with Grenier.

    All the Goalkeepers has to go for me except Woodman as I never seen Woodman yet and most seem rate him highly.I want them go just because they got injured from time to time,
    usually longer term.I like Darlow and some of his heroic saves but still haven’t convinced by him.

  • cyprus

    Jun 15, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Didn’t Gini say he wants to stay and fight? If so, we must put a not for sale sign around his neck. From our best players, anyone who wants to leave must be allowed to. We aren’t a prison and we want motivated people willing to fight for the cause.

    For instance another of our top players, Sissoko, wants out. Let him go.

  • croftus5678

    Jun 15, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #3

    our midfield is packed and looking at worst case and that wijnaldum and sissoko do go and we do not get replacements.

    we have siem.saivet,tiote,colback,shelvey,anita who will probably still be at the club next season for a central 2 or 3 and tbh thats still a great cm combination of players.

    for sissoko on the wings we have thauvin (who i doubt will go) rolando and townsend who are more natural anyways with callum roberts pushing for first team opertunity’s

    so as highly as i rate those two we still have ready made replacements at the club allready without putting too much pressure on rafa making our team weaker by selling them.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 15, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Wijnaldum unfortunately said nothing of the sort, he said he was so distraught that we got relegated he wouldn’t be able to make a de ision.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 15, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    mackems away to M City first weekend which means we’ll be at home and away first game, those leaked fixtures might be right.

  • martoon

    Jun 15, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Good thinking JFA – we should have a home match to start with – high probability it will be televised so it may not be on Saturday.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jun 15, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Veltmann, you are one spaced out dude…but I like you.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 15, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #8

    From Niall and Biffa

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 15, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Ooh you are awful – but I like you.

  • Jib

    Jun 15, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Al-Jazira , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
    Have put a bid in for Tiote for the same amount as Marseilles (£2.5million)
    It will depend on personal terms I guess which one he’ll pick.

  • Veltmann

    Jun 15, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Frenchman – as they said,love yourself first 🙂

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jun 15, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Tuff@9 – they just don’t make sophisticated humour like that any more do they?

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 15, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #13

    TOF – when I checked out that video I had a quick look at some other Dick Emery sketches – absolutely hilarious.

  • Jib

    Jun 15, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Hamburg SV have placed a bid of €12 million on the table for Moussa Sissoko – however this has alerted Chelsea & Liverpool and (hopefully a bidding war may force up his price)
    Hamburg have midfielders Ekdal, Holtby, Jung and Hunt also available as swaps if that appeals more to NUFC.
    Sissoko seems to have changed his tune from wanting CL footy to – he won’t be selected for France in the 2nd tier .


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