First Inquiry Made For One Of Newcastle’s Stars


The Sunday People are today reporting that new Everton manager Ronald Koeman has made an inquiry for Gini Wijnaldum, the former PSV captain and Dutch Player of the year in 2015.

Newcastle paid around £14.5M for Wijnaldum last summer, the 3rd most expensive player ever in Newcastle’s history behind Michael Owen (£17M) and Alan Shearer (£15M) and the price quoted for the 25 year-old was £25M.

gini wijnaldum at chelsea

Gini Wijnaldum in action at Chelsea

That’s a decent enough price for Gini and represents more than a £10M gain on the player in a year.

And in the new way the club is run with the manager in charge of all football matters, that’s the price that Rafa Benitez has put on the Dutchman’s head.

Koeman was in for Wijnaldum a year ago when he was manager of Southampton, but it looks like Gini preferred Newcastle who already had some Dutchmen in the squad like Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Vurnon Anita and Siem de Jong.

It will be interesting to see if Newcastle can get their money for Gini, but it wouldn’t surprise us too much if a club comes along and offers the full £25M for him.

If that happens let’s hope it’s soon so we can bring in a suitable replacement.

When you consider the massive amounts of money the Premier League clubs will receive next May – between £100M and £180M each depending on performance – then £25M isn’t such a huge fee.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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14 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 19, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #1

    25 million is the price. Everton will pay the price or look elsewhere, it’s their choice. The profit is neither here nor there and nobody’s business. 11 goals from midfield is impressive in a struggling side, so pay up or move on. Somebody will pay it if Everton don’t.

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  • scout

    Jun 19, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Relegated and didnt make the euros 25 million are they insane .

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  • geordie157

    Jun 19, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Even though we are in the championship, benitez attract young talent to join us, ie ambitious moves for the likes of anderlechts Tielemans or a slightly more realistic move for Werner of stuttgart who got relegated.

    However do wonder if Werner is another thauvin

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  • ctommo

    Jun 19, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Scout, if his country never made the euros then that can hardly be held against the lad. If Holland were there he would be a certain starter.

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  • geordie157

    Jun 19, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Could benitez….that should have said

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 19, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #6

    carl/Ian Toon – stop your mischief making.
    Classic Ian Toon tactic of bigging up other posters with a view to gaining “blog friends”.
    Causing division between other posters suggesting one, Bobby Bee has been driven from the blog.
    Give it a rest -what a treacherous weasel you are.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 19, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Scout, the international scene can’t have any effect on individuals prices surely? Wales have qualified for the Euro’s for the first time in decades, but Bale’s price wasn’t effected by that. If Portugal get ko’d in the group stages – chuckle – Ronaldo’s price won’t drop.

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  • geordie157

    Jun 19, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #8

    If everton do want wijnaldum could we get Garbutt or Galloway as part of the deal

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 19, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Tuff, you should stop mischief making yourself. He wasn’t far from the truth.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 19, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Widjnaldum might well score 25 goals in midfield for Newcastle in the Championship, and twenty first season back in the EPL. Don’t sell him Rafa.

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  • scout

    Jun 19, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #11

    No way someone will pay 25 million. Maybe 15

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 19, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Geordie, good call marra. I think whoever we sell we should consider cash and player. There must be plenty of young players about with great potential who could fit the bill.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 19, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #13

    BandB…That wasn’t much time for a reply.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 19, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #14

    25mill? Rip their arms off. Get some decent spaniards in. Oh i forgot, they lack the mental strength and power of english players. Ya whatevs.

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