Yesterday, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf talked of serious interest from both Newcastle and Sunderland in PSV playmaker Georginio Wijnaldum.

The newspaper also reported that PSV would be looking for as much as £16m for the player and now both the Press Association and Sky Sports say that Sunderland have made an offer of over £11m for Wijnaldum.

The 24 year old PSV playmaker would represent a massive coup for most Premier League clubs and especially Newcastle or Sunderland.

If indeed such a bid has been made by our neighbours, I don’t think many of us will be betting on Mike Ashley going higher, considering the Papiss Cisse fee of around £10m is the most he has ever sanctioned.

The reality of course is that most of us realise for Newcastle to move forward and rebuild, significant money has to be spent sometime if United are to compete.

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.

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.

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.”