Over the weekend reports increased of a £25m+ move for Gini Wijnaldum to Liverpool.
The midfielder returned to training with the rest of the Newcastle squad (exception of Sissoko) and has kept his head down in pre-season.
In numerous interviews after Newcastle were relegated, Wijnaldum sidestepped questions about his future, saying in one of them that he was too distraught to even think about where he will be this coming season.
Despite him not being quite so open as Moussa Sissoko, Newcastle fans generally accept that the Dutch midfielder is just as keen not to play in the Championship and wants to leave St James Park.
Rafa Benitez has admitted in recent days that he accepts certain targeted players are likely to be sold, if other clubs meet Newcastle’s valuation.
Wijnaldum appears to be keeping a low profile and kept interviews to a minimum since arriving back on Tyneside, though he showed he is getting into form and fitness with a decent run-out and goal against Bohemian FC on Saturday.
Latest reports claim Gini Wijnaldum will be a Liverpool player before the end of the week, with Jurgen Klopp keen to push the deal through, but what do Liverpool fans think?
We went to the top Liverpool site This is Anfield to find out what the red half of Merseyside is saying about Wijnaldum potentially moving to Anfield:
‘I’d be happy with this signing to be honest, we lack strength and pace in midfield and on the wings, both Mane and Wijnaldam would most likely rectify these issues, I believe with Klopps training he could be one hell of a player.’
‘Too many times we are signing players too late. Would of been cheaper a year ago and he looked quality then, albeit in a weak league.
Anyway, would be a good signing.’
‘Hmm not bad business for 20mil..Wiljnaldum’s a decent player, was probably their best player in the first half of last season too..but when the going got tough and the club relied on him, well…it was difficult for him to produce. But there’s definitely a player in there and he’s shown enough signs of it.
Rafa, we’re more than happy to give Wisdom, Markovic and Ilori as loans.’
‘I really think people don’t realise how good this guy is.’
‘Nice. I like Wijnaldum.
Knows how to score a goal also an excellent work rate.’
‘Mane and Wijnaldum will provide goals, Mane is a huge improvement over Ibe and Wijnaldum is a huge improvement over Lallana.’
‘Thought that Sissoko could have been more useful breaking from CM than Winjauldum.’
‘Wijnaldum and Klavan could be sensible signings for us.
Wijnaldum can apparently play in a couple of midfield positions which is the kind of versatility we need if Klopp thinks the squad is too big.’
‘Fantastic player. Was wasted at Newcastle. If he signs I will be a happy supporter.’
‘Wijnaldum is not a number 10. He’s a box-to-box player with a more than average ability to score goals. He did that i.e. three times in his last two games for the Dutch national team.
He could be a good signing. I especially like the idea of him working with Jørgen Klopp. Sometimes Wijnaldum seems to lack confidence. A real motivational coach like K. could work miracles with him.’
‘I like the fact Wijnaldum can play on the left and down the middle. He could even be competing with Milner, Hendo, Can & Grujic. I also like the fact you eluded to, that he has a lot of further potential to improve.’
‘If i were to buy anyone from Newcastle it would be sissoko, but only going off that Final, he didn’t exactly set the league on fire last season.’
‘JK does not read what the Toon faithful think about Willy , they do not rate him or Sissoko apparently , they say they have a much better player Dmemba is his name I think.’
‘Chancel Mbemba. He’s a defender, we’re talking about mids here. Lascalles is better anyway. The Toons probably don’t rate the other 2 because they expected them to carry the entire team during their dire form. Sissoko who’s a few seasons veteran in EPL, & supposedly the leader of the french squad should’ve done better, Gini was in his first season, while not being consistent, he was one of the better players.’