Today the Dutch media have been reporting on the possibility of Georginio Wijnaldum moving to either Newcastle or Sunderland.
The story in De Telegraaf talks of serious interest from Newcastle, and especially the mackems, as something beyond normal transfer speculation.
The 24 year old PSV playmaker would represent a coup for most Premier League clubs and especially the north east pair. Last season Dutch international Wijaldum scored 14 goals in 32 league starts for PSV, also captaining the team as they won the title by a massive 17 points.
The Dutch newspaper are putting the potential fee at around £16m but little wonder, as the player’s profile and list of clubs (including Liverpool, Zenit and PSG) that have been linked with him, means there is no way he will go on the cheap.
Sunderland of course had to promise Dick Advocaat a significant transfer kitty to stay at the club and England is always going to be seen as one of the most likely destinations for the best players in Holland.
With no transfers so far, you still dream that Mike Ashley will belatedly see the level of players he needs to aim at if Newcastle are to bounce back from the near disaster of last season. Georginio Wijaldum definitely falling into that category.
Only two months ago, Georginio Wijnaldum revealed that Tim Krul has been selling the positives of Newcastle United to his international teammate.
The talented midfielder saying in April that he was happy at PSV but did admit he fancied playing in a stronger league such as in England.
Georginio Wijnaldum :
“I am happy at PSV but I am a player with a lot of ambition, I want to play in a stronger league than the Eredivisie.
“With my quality I feel that I can bring a lot to a team that I will join, I want to show it in the big leagues; England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France.
Life’s great in Newcastle:
“I speak with Leroy Fer and Tim Krul about England a lot. Tim has been in England since he was 17. He only says good things about England and living in Newcastle, the stadium is big with 50,000 people, the fans are great and life is great there.
“You have better players and teams in England, and for myself it is better to play in a better league against better players.”