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Wijnaldum Given Assurances In Talks With Newcastle

It really does look like Newcastle are close to a breakthrough for Georginio Wijnaldum with news in the Dutch media today that Lee Charnley traveled to Holland yesterday in an attempt to get the 24 year-old signed up.

That report is backed up by a separate report in the Chronicle today which is fairly consistent on the details.

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Georginio Wijnaldum – given assurances by Newcastle

The Chronicle is reporting that Lee was in Amsterdam yesterday and held face to face talks with PSV Eindhoven and that they went well.

The fee discussed was a big one – between €15M (£10.7M) and €20M (£14.2M) – so Georginio will not come cheap, and that will be the biggest fee paid out by Newcastle under owner Mike Ashley.

It looks like Lee must have traveled early in the morning to Holland (it’s a very short flight from Newcastle to Amsterdam) and spent the day in discussions – so that’s good news.

It’s interesting that Lee met with the Fans Forum Monday night and probably had an early flight to Amsterdam the next morning to tie up what would be a tremendous deal for Newcastle.

The talks were held in Schiphol, which is where the Amsterdam Airport is located, so they probably met in a conference room at the airport or in a nearby airport hotel.

Charnley is said to have flown back to Newcastle yesterday to update the Board on the progress made.

Apparently they must have also talked with the player because the Chronicle report is that Wijnaldum has been assured by the club that both he and Siem de Jong will play together for Newcastle next season.

It looks like Georginio asked for that assurance, since his style of play and position is similar to that of Siem de Jong.

Newcastle already have Dutchmen Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul and Vurnon Anita, as well as Siem de Jong at the club, so if he does sign he should be able to settle in quickly.

This is looking like it could be the real thing – and the deal could even be completed today – although an announcement today would be unlikely – since Georginio would need to take and pass a medical.

Here’s hoping.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #1

    we already have far too many midfielders but appreciate we’ll be losing sissoko but we’ll only get one midfielder because thats all we need

    Would much rather see ED making up some bulls!it stories about the three defenders we desperately need.

    Austin is defo not coming to us…defenders and strikers don’t seem to be mentioned much so hopefully we’re doing stuff as quietly as we can for those targets whilst we run with headline stories for players we’re simply not in for.

  • spitfire_

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #2

    At this point somewhere, Charnley just woke up, drink cup of coffee, scratching his @ss, watching what the press made up and laughing.

  • Toonfan8

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Wijnaldum style is different from SDJ…Wijnaldum is more athletic and can play DM also, SDJ is more goalscorer and has great vision…Wijnaldum is more complete player, he can do everything on the pitch, great player…I hope that Charnley can get him…

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Armstrong will be loaned out until New Year according to the Chronny, that’s good I think.

  • croftus5678

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #5

    i’m thinking wij would be the right side of midfield with siem acm and rolando left


  • sing in the corner

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #6

    If we get 1 player in and thats it, I would like to hear what McLaren thinks about the level of pressure he will be under to make silk purses out of sows ears…

  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #7

    We need 3 players if Cisse and Sissoko stay. Tiote can go we need to balance books.

  • cestriasteve

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #8

    My word if this comes off its a major signing, class act!! Now for a CB.

  • croftus5678

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #9

    erm….i’ve got to thinking about where players fit into mcclarens plans and can anyone recall him playing a dedicated dm ?

    i’m no expert on the lad for sure and never followed him but i cant remember even from his england days of him playing a dm !

    a bit of knowledge from someone who knows for sure would help if anyone knows ?

  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Cisse is like Drogba at Chelsea. When a bigger name striker comes in he will have to adjust like Shevi or Torres. But Drogba was used to e league and the club so he will come off e bench and score goals hence the new signing will become e bench warmer. Confidence is lost.

    Thats e senario I see at NUFC when Cisse stays but I still want him to stay.

  • MassiveG

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Jan Lascelles/Dummett Matip Hairdryer
    Sissoko/Cabella Wijnaldum Aarons
    De Jong

  • 2_goal_tino

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #12

    @croftus- Tiote was the cornerstone of his title winning team at Twente

  • 2_goal_tino

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #13

    Think he is a great player and even better prospect. But the whole transfer stinks of seeing an opportunity to make some money in 2-3 years. A attacking midfielder CAN’T have been our priority ahead of a striker or entire new defence. Rather than planning our targets against our needs,they seem to just wait and see who is young and available for less than their market value. Not knocking Wijnaldum, think he is great but how are you going to get Wijnaldum, de Jong, Aarons and Perez into your team? My only thinking is that they may now play de Jong as an out and out striker.

  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #14


    I think he uses box to box midfielders. But of course we need ones that can create goals and make that pass which no one is seeing.

  • mickalfas

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #15

    Just read on BBC news ,that Crystal Palace have agreed a fee for Cabaye and are expecting to complete a deal with Austin next week wtf?

  • expatmag

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #16

    2 goal tino

    No. He was not. He spent more time playing off the bench.

  • expatmag

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #17


    God. Pardew can gave them both. Cabaye is 39 and over hyped and Austin is ordinary. Couldnt score against us last season and we had the second worst defence in the league.

    Get me Wijnaldum and Mitrovic.

  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #18


    That’s very easy.
    Sissoko……………….De Jong…………….Aarrons


  • expatmag

    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #19

    Cabaye is 30…….bloody phone

  • Blofal

    Jul 8, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #20

    —–Janmaat – Saylor – Matip – Haidara
    Sissoko – Wijnaldum – Dejong – Colback

    Bench: Perez, Cabella, Aarons, Riviere, Dummett, Darlow

    Thats a vast improvement without even bringing in a new striker.

  • mickalfas

    Jul 8, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #21

    I agree ,if true I’m more shocked that he’d choose them over us ,that’s all
    I mean Palace ffs !!
    Mitrovic in !!

  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 8, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #22


    I like Mitrovic too but I dont think he wants to be with us but I hear we have e highest bid so fingers crossed. But I think if we get Wijnaldum and Matip. The hype will be up and he will come.

  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 8, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #23

    Wat I like abt NUFC press we can hype players to come so I cant wait for that signing

  • Whumpie

    Jul 8, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #24

    The only way he’s likely to play with SDJ is at chess, in the physio’s waiting room…

  • mickalfas

    Jul 8, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #25

    With Mitrovic’s age ,its a no brainer ,a 5 year contract,and if he shines for us could double his value in 2 or 3 years
    Makes sense to me Penfold

  • Whumpie

    Jul 8, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #26

    While I’m playing “Mr Joyful”, my thoughts on this are: SO WHAT?

    You couldn’t get a much clearer bit of window-dressing if you tried. We don’t need midfielders, we need strikers and defenders. Lots of them. At least six players. Quality ones. Now.

    Right now it’s looking very much like we’ve been right, that Ashley’s little speech was a desperate (failed) attempt to fool people into renewing tickets and stop them boycotting. Recruitment will be one or two ‘exciting’ signings and a handful of ‘investments for the future’ – all adding up to another stab at mid-table safety, but no more.

    If, come January, we’re any higher than 8th, one of our key players will be sold to avoid the problem and expense of Europa League football.

    So my call is: screw it. When’s the cricket on?

  • mickalfas

    Jul 8, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #27

    You’ve got high expectations ,8th at Xmas,we’ll be lucky if we are not bottom 3,lol

  • widowmagandapoke

    Jul 8, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #28

    Get widjnaldumalbin and, with striker and a back line defender we will be much stronger, but the sooner we move the better chance of getting off to a decent start. Should we hang on to Cisse? Depends if we do get a capable striker in. He is what? Now 39. That’s closing in on bench warming time.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #29

    I think Mitrovic will join an Italian club.

  • bobby mango

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #30

    Two players vying for the same spot, which could also be filled by cabella, when there’s gaping holes in other areas.
    Only at Newcastle.

  • Sav

    Jul 8, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #31

    Seems more likely de Jong will be sold back to Holland after a very disappointing first season – much like his brother. Lets hope Winnie is more robust.


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