Midfielders Naby Keïta and Fabinho have already moved this summer to Liverpool, and it could mean that former Newcastle midfielder Gini Wijnaldum could be crowded out next season on Merseyside as competition for places increases.
So it may have been expected there would be a report that Rafa Benitez wanted Wijnaldum back on Tyneside since it seems just what we need – a creative midfield player.
And that article has come from Turkish Football who report there are some stories in Turkey that Newcastle have indeed bid for the player.
Gini Wijnaldum – could he return on loan?
Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce are also reported to be very interested in taking the Dutch International to Turkey this summer.
Gini played well in his only season at Newcastle when he scored 11 goals in 40 appearances for us with 5 assists – but of course, we were relegated and he left.
He’s a class player and that’s what Rafa wants in the Newcastle squad – a lot more class.
We sold Gini to Liverpool for £25M two years ago and of course, we cannot afford to bring him back at that price.
But Rafa still has one loan available from a Premier League club, having brought Chelsea winger Robert Kenedy back on loan for the season earlier this week.
So maybe the way Newcastle can get Gini back would be on a loan move?
The Chronicle has reported we have not made an approach to Liverpool to sign him – as reported in Turkey.
But it will be interesting to see if Rafa wants him back because given the Newcastle team we have at the moment he could offer some real class in midfield.
Rafa also said in early 2016 that the Dutchman was such a good player he could play in several different positions – so he is versatile too.
And Rafa has good ties with Liverpool – his former club – to make a loan deal happen.
What do you think?