Talking about the (hopefully) imminent signing of Georginio Wijnaldum, last night Steve McClaren acknowledged that the player was on Tyneside but he wasn’t ‘over the line’ yet.

Good to see he’s picked up the club standard terminology so quickly…

The United head coach hopes that the results of the medical and associated scans will be clear and the signing can be announced today.

No suggestion that there’s any anticipated problems but in the 2013/14 season, Wijnaldum missed seven months of the season with a back injury.

Those two separate spells out included an operation and he only started nine league matches that year.

Happily for the player and his country, Louis Van Gaal kept faith with the (soon to be former…) PSV playmaker and he was a real star for Holland at the 2014 World Cup.

Wijnaldum featured in all seven matches in the finals and helped Holland to a third place finish, the player scoring one of the goals as the Dutch defeated Brazil in that third place play-off.

Steve McClaren:

“There is no secret, he (Wijnaldum) has been seen around the place, having his medical and all the scans that go with that.

“Hopefully we’ll get the results tomorrow (Saturday) and then we can announce something, it is not official and it is not over the line.

I know him so well:

“I know him very well from when I was in Holland. He was a pain for Feyenoord and at PSV, playing against my teams.

“He brings great quality and can play in any position in midfield; his physicality’s good and the tempo is good – he will be a good player in the Premier League.