There are local reports today that Gini Wijnaldum is expected to be pulled out of the friendly tonight against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, as his move to Liverpool gets closer to being completed.
As we had suggested a few days ago Rafa Benitez now wants 29 year-old Brazilian holding midfielder Lucas Leiva in part exchange.
Rafa rates him highly and Lucas doesn’t seem to fit into the plans of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
Gini Wijnaldum in training
Lucas could do a good job in defensive midfield for Newcastle, if he will take the drop down in divisions.
Newcastle are said to want £27M for Wijnaldum or the equivalent in players plus cash, but Newcastle will need to watch out for players coming this way being way over-valued by Liverpool.
So a player exchange plus cash deal will be harder to negotiate for Newcastle.
Other players such as local lad Jon Flanagan could also be involved in a part exchange plus cash deal for the 25 year-old Dutch International.
Again it will depend on whether Liverpool players want to take a step down to the Championship next season.
The Shields Gazette is reporting the two clubs are in advanced negotiations but a sticking point is that Newcastle want cash for the deal to be paid up front.
Newcastle will not take staggered payments over time from Liverpool, which is the usual way clubs do their transfer dealings.
This is the way Mike Ashley negotiated the Andy Carroll deal in January, 2011 and had Liverpool pay a cool £35M up front for the Newcastle striker.
It would not surprise us at all if Mike Ashley is involved in this deal and it could still fall apart, although Liverpool are trying to push it through quickly so Gini can participate in their American tour; they leave tomorrow for that tour.
We would have liked to have kept Gini at the club since he’s a very good player, but if he wants to leave we suppose he should go.
We wouldn’t mind at all if Moussa Sissoko leaves this summer, but only for a massive £35M which he will think is a good bargain for any club.
Moussa Sissoko did nothing for us last season.
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