Whilst Moussa Sissoko has once again stated that he deserves a better club for his talents, Gini Wijnaldum appears set to actually sign for a new one.
Newcastle United’s official media partner The Mirror, say that they understand Tottenham have dropped their interest in Wijnaldum with the price being too high and that Liverpool are now tying up a deal.
The scousers are off to America later this week and desperately want Gini Wijnaldum on that plane for pre-season with the rest of the Liverpool squad, the Premier League kicking off in less than four weeks time (a week after the Championship).
If Wijnaldum does leave, his last appearance and goal in Newcastle colours will have been in front of the United fans in Dublin, where the Dutch international scored the sixth and final goal in the 6-0 victory over Bohemian FC on Saturday.
Shortly after taking over in March, Rafa Benitez was extolling Wijnaldum’s virtues:
“He is so good, he can play everywhere and do well.
“We were thinking about where to play him the other day, and we said: ‘His best position could be behind the striker…but because he is doing well he can play on the right, he can play on the left.
“Even then, I was talking to him about when he was playing against Costa Rica (for Holland) in the (2014) World Cup in Brazil in a deeper position, and he can play there too because he is so good.
“On saying that, he is so good up front because he can create and score goals.
“I think that his best position is behind the striker but we need quality now out on the pitch, so he can help in any position.
“He is one of the players that as a manager we enjoy to coach because he has pace, he has ability, and he is happy when he’s playing really well, is very positive.”
However, after a month in charge, Rafa left Wijnaldum out of the key relegation matches against Manchester City and Liverpool, though he did appear as a substitute in both. A suggestion that he wasn’t totally convinced by the midfielder’s attitude.
It has always looked very dubious as to whether the pair would appear in the Championship for Newcastle and it is surely now nailed on that both will be at new clubs by the time Friday 5 August comes around.
With over £50m set to be banked for the pair, it will be interesting to see what Rafa Benitez decides to do with the cash.