Lee Charnley was in Holland yesterday (Tuesday) for talks to bring Georginio Wijnaldum to Newcastle United, according to De Telegraaf.
The Dutch newspaper described the Newcastle United Managing Director’s actions as ‘dynamic’, in making a ‘quick’ agreement possible.
‘Dynamic’ and ‘quick’ are not the two words that instantly come to mind when talking about this summer of (non-)transfers so far.
Of course, if Newcastle eventually land the credible quality players then it will be a job well done.
However, I feel that this particular Georginio Wijnaldum transfer is very far from done, with even De Telegraaf saying that Everton are now after him.
The PSV skipper undoubtedly fits the bill of the standard of player who could lift the club and the fans.
However, as that is the case, then even if Newcastle have put a half decent offer on the table, there would still be every chance of another club offering a bigger transfer fee, bigger wages, or simply more chance of winning trophies and playing in Europe.
For now though, I will just keep in mind the image of a ‘dynamic’ Lee Charnley. Hopefully the story of the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ becoming reality.
‘It is highly questionable whether captain Georginio Wijnaldum will travel on Thursday to the PSV training camp in Switzerland. Newcastle United have added action to their words and are negotiating with PSV for the transfer of the midfielder.
There is additional pressure now as Everton have their eye on Wijnaldum. The club from Liverpool are going to interfere in the battle for the PSV captain.
Given the dynamism of Newcastle United, however, a quick agreement is possible. Managing director Lee Charnley Newcastle United yesterday (Tuesday) personally travelled to the Netherlands to negotiate in the Amsterdam region with representatives of PSV.
Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has set his sights on Wijnaldum. The former coach of FC Twente and the English national team, sees him as the ideal player to complement his squad.’