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Latest Wijnaldum Update On Liverpool Move

Gini Wijnaldum is scheduled to have his Liverpool medical today and all being well will sign on for Liverpool for a fee expected to be somewhere between £25M and £27M, depending on which reports you believe.

The former PSV player will have been at Newcastle just a couple of weeks over a year and we are sorry to see this class player leave the club.

He will immediately jet off to America to join the Reds on their American tour with manager Jurgen Klopp keen to have him on board as quickly as possible.


Gini Wijnaldum – while at Newcastle for just over a year

Losing a top player like Gini is some of the collateral damage you get when you become second class citizens in English football and are relegated from the Premier League.

Newcastle will have to pay his former club PSV a sell-on bonus that we estimate will be around £2.5M – around 20% of the profit Newcastle make on Wijnaldum.

Assuming Newcastle get £25M gross for Wijnaldum then we will have made a net profit of £14M profit so far in this summer’s transfer market having brought in a whopping £48M for players we have sold this summer.

But Gini will have to be replaced and Rafa was already planning to bring in at least a couple more players to fortify the squad.

Gini will become the 8th player to have left Newcastle this summer and yesterday we brought in our 6th senior player when the club signed central defender Grant Hanley from Blackburn Rovers – another excellent signing by the manager.

Rafa has said today he wants to get the transfers at Newcastle done quickly so he can have a settled squad as soon as possible,.

We think there’s a very good chance now that Newcastle can get the full £35M for Moussa Sissoko with Juventus and Everton, two of the clubs who could be willing to pay that amount for Moussa.

We reported last night that Everton seem to have become very interested although whether Moussa would sign for a club not in the Champions League is debatable.

So maybe he will move to Juventus, because we cannot see Arsene Wenger playing that much and allowing Sissoko to join his beautiful dream club.

Here’s the current status of what has been the busiest transfer window for Newcastle in a long long time as Rafa Benitez is transforming the Newcastle squad and the Newcastle club.

Matz Sels£4.5MKAA Gent
Dwight Gayle£10MCrystal Palace
Matt Ritchie£10MBournemouth
Jesus Gamez£1.5MAtletico Madrid
Isaac Hayden£2.5MArsenal
Grant Hanley£5.5MBlackburn
Ciaran Clark£5MAston Villa
Mohamed Diame£4.5MHull City
DeAndre Yedlin£5MTottenham
Daryl Murphy£3MIpswich Town
Achraf Lazaar£3MPalermo
Christian AtsuLoan - seasonChelsea
Transfer Fees In£54.5M
Gabby ObertanReleasedAnzhi Makhachkala
Sylvain MarveauxReleasedLorient
Steven TaylorReleasedPortland Timbers
Fabricio ColocciniReleasedSan Lorenzo
Andros Townsend£13MCrystal Palace
Remy Cabella£7.5MMarseille
Papiss Cisse£2.5MShandong Luneng
Gini Wijnaldum£25MLiverpool
Florian ThauvinLoan - seasonMarseille
Siem de JongLoan - seasonPSV
Kevin MbabuLoan - seasonBSC Young Boys
Henri SaivetLoan - seasonSt. Etienne
Daryl Janmaat£7.5MWatford
Tim KrulLoan - JanuaryAjax
Tim KrulLoan from JanuaryAZ Alkmaar
Gael BigirimanaFreeCoventry City
Adam ArmstrongLoan - seasonBarnsley
Emmanuel RiviereLoan - seasonCA Osasuna
Jamie SterryLoan - JanuaryCoventry City
Haris VuckicLoan - JanuaryBradford City
Sammy AmeobiLoan - JanuaryBolton Wanderers
Moussa Sissoko£30MTottenham Hotspur
Transfer Fees Out£85.5M
Net Spend-£31M

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • SA Toon

    Jul 22, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #1

    With Gini leaving and Sissoko about to follow, we definitely need some midfield reinforcements to add some attacking threat. I would take a look at Derby to see whether Tom Ince and/or Will Hughes might be available. Hopefully Rafa has been making plans for replacements and things will start happening now so that we can finalise our squad before the start of the new season. I’m sad to see Gini leave, but I’m glad it has happened now so that we have time to settle the squad. We don’t want to be caught up in last minute bids for our “big” players when there isn’t enough time to systematically arrange for replacements.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Rafa IN.
    New signings IN.
    BandB (not Blackley) IN.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 22, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #3

    I think we need more than a couple of players to fortify the squad my friend

  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Somebody said on the previous blog that Hanley wasn’t scouted by Rafa which may be true but the inference was someone else at the club had scouted him! – what ?!

    It is known that Rafa has spoken long and often to his Real Madrid compadre Aitor Karanka about what is needed to win the Championship.

    Blackburn were one of a handful of clubs that took 4 points off Boro last season and Grant Hanley was outstanding in both games.
    If you want a pointer to who else we may sign – play the game of “Who had blinder v Boro last season”.

  • Mag52

    Jul 22, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #5


    The big difference between you and me Mr.T on the question of Alan Pardew is that, while you concentrate on the man, I tend to look at his ability as a manager.
    Some of the great managers have been heartily disliked as people, outside their club fan base, while universally recognized for their abilities as managers.
    On that point, it was clearly game, set and match to the ‘Pardew is an average to good manager,’ brigade when he took his little south London club to Wembley last season.
    I imagine you are suffering from a bit of pre season boredom to have brought up the old Pardew discussion once again.
    Have a lie down in a darkened room and dream of the glories ahead of us.

  • geordie157

    Jul 22, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Hanley will be a good signing.

    Left back is the worry for me, Anita is not good there, Dummett is decent but has little to offer going forward and if Haidara finds a bit of form he always picks up an injury.

    If we could get him, Charlie Taylor would be a great signing, however after letting Cook go I don’t think Monk will part with his player of the season. Rico Henry is a good option, only seen him a few times but looks a great prospect, I think he’d make the step up easily.

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 22, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #7

    It was interesting that Koeman at Everton didn’t show more interest in Gini especially being a Dutchman! Obvious reservations about him as most of us have! £25 million? Never!

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Jesus Gamez can play at lb assuming Janmatt stays!


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