One year, 11 goals and 5 assists later, Gini Wijnaldum has moved on.

The Newcastle midfielder has joined Liverpool for a reported £25m, although PSV say they have a significant sell-on clause.

Lee Charnley says that the deal only happened after Rafa Benitez gave his consent, believing the deal to be in the best interests of Newcastle United.

With Liverpool snapping up Wjnaldum, it only remains to be seen if Real Madrid bag the bargain that is Moussa Sissoko, or some other club that matches his talents…

Official Newcastle United Statement:

‘Newcastle United can confirm the sale of Georginio Wijnaldum to Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.

The Dutch international midfielder joined the Magpies in July 2015 from PSV Eindhoven and made 40 appearances, scoring 11 goals, during his time on Tyneside.

“We made it very clear at the beginning of the summer that we had no need to sell for financial reasons, despite relegation, and would only consider selling a player if it was in the best interests of the Club and the team,” said Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley.

“After discussions with Rafa it was felt that this particular deal was one such circumstance and would be in the best interests of both parties.

“Gini leaves with our very best wishes for his future career.”