Newcastle have just announced that they completed the signing of Holland international midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven.
The 24-year-old moves to the Magpies on a five-year deal to become our first signing under new head coach Steve McClaren.
Georginio Wijnaldum – delighted to join Newcastle
This is some of what Newcastle have just put out on their web-site:
The deal for Wijnaldum represents the third highest transfer fee in the Club’s history, after Michael Owen and Alan Shearer.
This is what Wijnaldum said:
“I’m delighted to be a Newcastle United player.” “I felt the time was right for me to move and the Club have shown they really want me, so I’m very happy to be here.”
“There’s a few players here who are from Holland – I know them well and they will help me feel at home in Newcastle.”
“I know the Club has a great stadium with great fans. I want to play here as soon as possible – I want to feel the atmosphere and hear the crowd. I cannot wait to get started.”
Steve McClaren added:
“This signing is a real statement for the Club. It is a big transfer for a very good player and I am delighted to have Gini here at the Club.”
“He has lots of energy and a great tempo to his game. He is very skillful but is also capable of playing box-to-box, and – importantly – he can score goals.”
“He is at the right age and the right fit for Newcastle. He is a leader as well and you will see that. He is someone who always wants the ball, can deal with it, and we need that kind of character in the team.”
Born in Rotterdam, Wijnaldum began his career with local side Sparta Rotterdam, remaining with them for seven seasons before joining neighboring Feyenoord.
Wijnaldum made his first team debut for Feyenoord aged just 16, earning a man of the match award in what would be the first of 134 appearances in five seasons at De Kuip.
Shortly after being called into the Dutch senior squad for the first time in 2011, the midfielder made the switch to Eredivisie rivals PSV, where he would register 56 goals in 152 appearances before arriving on Tyneside.
As captain of PSV, Wijnaldum led the club to the Eredivisie title last season and was crowned Dutch Footballer of the Year 2014/2015.
Wijnaldum becomes the fifth Dutch international in Steve McClaren’s squad alongside Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Vurnon Anita and Siem de Jong.
It looks like the fee being quoted (via Sky Sports) is £14.5M just below the £15M we paid Blackburn for Alan Shearer in 1996, and less than the £17M we paid Real Madrid for Michael Owen in 2005.
We wonder if that statement about him being able to play box-to-box is where Steve will play him at Newcastle – so we finally have a replacement for Yohan Cabaye?
If that’s where he will play Georginio will already have been told that.
Here’s some detailed information we out about Georginio yesterday with a 10 minute video that shows the tremendous skills the player possesses.
Georginio Wijnaldum – Howay The Lads!!
This is a huge first signing for Newcastle, and he will be a great addition to the squad.
It also looks like we are close to signing 20 year-old Serbian International Aleksandar Mitrovic of Anderlecht – but only if other clubs he prefers don’t come in for him.
That doesn’t sound too good.
But it’s just great to have Georginio on board, and he’s delighted to join such a famous club.