There’s news in an exclusive from TEAMtalk today that Newcastle want to sign former central midfielder Gini Wijnaldum in January.
Gini left Newcastle for Liverpool in 2016 after only one season at the club, after Newcastle were relegated.
We signed Gini for £14.5M from PSV in the summer of 2015 and sold him to the Reds for £25M, one year later.
It was another financial deal the former couldn’t turn down, but also Gini didn’t want to play in England’s second division, even with Rafa Benitez as coach.
Wijnaldum had 5 good years at Liverpool, winning both the Premier League and the Champions League.
The versatile midfielder is struggling for first-team action at his new club PSV, and maybe we could get him in on loan in January with an option to buy in the summer.
Gini has just turned 31, but he could still be an excellent player for us for two to three years.
The 85 times capped Netherlands International (26 goals) is not happy at PSG and had this to say to Portuguese outlet NOS recently:
“I’m not completely happy,” “The situation is not what I wanted.
“I have played a lot in recent years. This is something different and that takes getting used to.”
“I was really looking forward to the new step and then this happens. It is very difficult.”
In his only season at Newcastle, he played for us 40 times with 11 goals, and while at Liverpool, he played 237 times with 22 goals.
Gini is a class player, there’s no doubt about that, and he may welcome the chance to return to Tyneside to finish off his outstanding career at the world’s richest club.
He has real class and would undoubtedly be a good addition to our squad, and could make an immediate impact in January.
He is also versatile, but the big problem will be to try to convince PSG to part with him in January.
The better bet would be to sign him permanently next summer.
He would be an excellent signing in the summer too.
What do you think?