Agreeing a deal for the signing of PSV captain Georginio Wijnaldum looks to be a fantastic piece of business for Newcastle United, it says it all when our fans appear to be reaching a new level of excitement, and the rest of the Premier League can only offer envious glances.

It is a pretty decent statement of intent from a club who only narrowly avoided relegation seven weeks ago, plus maybe it is a sign that mistakes are starting to be corrected at St. James Park. We were told to remain patient in the club’s pursuit for the ‘right’ players.

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I remain somewhat cautious over the move though. As much as he looks like a good fit for the Premier League, I remember how optimistic I was after the signings of De Jong and Cabella to bring much-needed creativity in to our midfield ranks. Neither of those two worked out last year due to respective fitness problems and poor form.

Fair enough, Siem hasn’t been given any sniff of a fair chance in black and white to be judged, and Cabella probably will need another year or so to adapt to the physicality of English football (and hopefully he can do more so under decent coaching), but Gino looks like he might just be the cut above.

The difference for me with Wijnaldum (pictured at the top with Daryl Janmaat after World Cup heartache), is that he has shone on the international stage as well as domestically, and, despite other offers from elsewhere, he wanted to come to Newcastle.

Of course, it could (and probably will) all be down to Newcastle’s role in the transfer market as a platform for players to use to attract offers from top, top sides. But we’re already taking him from a PSV side with Champions League football to look forward to next year.

It’s something to smile about for Newcastle fans,something that has hardly been a common occurrence in recent times.

It’s a very good start in terms of transfer business for Newcastle, but that is all it must be, a start. The need for a new striker has been emphasised, plus the need for at least one new centre back is even greater.

It’s been reported this week that Serbian forward Aleksandar Mitrovic (pictured below) may join Wijnaldum in becoming a Newcastle player over this weekend. It was a move that I was interested in, but after hearing of the 20-year-old’s desire to allegedly wait for his preferred destination of AS Roma to hijack the bid, I’m not so sure.

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I want players at the club who want to be here, I can’t see us becoming a successful side again with players in our squad who had us as their back-up plan. The Mitrovic deal is looking likely, and he may turn out to prove me wrong, but you see my point.

Marseille’s Florian Thauvin is another name that’s been mentioned, though it’s not a deal I’m eager to see materialise.

Thauvin appears to be a similar player to our own Remy Cabella, a quick, lean and skilful attacking midfielder, yet has made nowhere near as much of an impact on the French Ligue 1 as Cabella had in the time before his move to Tyneside.

Considering Cabella’s poor debut season with Newcastle, would signing a seemingly downgraded version of the lad be a good idea? I very much doubt it. I can’t see Marseille willing to sell cheaply too, considering moves away for the likes of Ayew, Gignac and Payet having all been confirmed.

The club has identified the ‘calibre’  of player they’re seeking to bring in, sticking to their word so far with the move for Wijnaldum. A move for Charlie Austin seems to be becoming less likely by the day, which in my eyes is a massive shame.

The trail for Bas Dost has gone stone cold and reports regarding a move for Schalke stopper Joel Matip have gone a little quiet.

These three are the types of players I’d happily have join the ranks at Newcastle United, whether or not deals come through however, remains to be seen.

At least, for now, there’s a new-found sense of optimism at St. James’ Park.

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  • stepaylor

    Wijnaldum is a real talent and on a par with Sissoko, i just hope he isnt a replacement for Sissoko.

    Thauvin is physically stronger than Cabella and very talented too. I would welcome him for sure.

    Mitrovic, is very well thought of for his technical ability and strength but i worry he has an ugly side to him, not sure why really.

    Krul, Janmaat, Haidara, Colocinni, Taylor, Tiote, Colback, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, De Jong, Mitrovic is a better line up than we have had for a while. Would prefer Charlie Austin though to Mitrovic

  • Corkyjohn

    Colo, Taylor & Tiote? Horrendous……

  • The Great Valerio

    Sports journalist applicant? In that case, you might want to come up with a less-cliched heading. Set yourself apart from the usual meaningless guff. Which is why I didn’t bother reading it. Cardinal error.

  • Corkyjohn Totally agree. You may as well have Gouffran, Obertan and Riviere back there.

  • Durham_CK

    A very welcome and quality signing. However this should be the first of at least 5 signings that come in. Get Mitrovic in 2 centre halfs and a winger or 2.

  • Up that toon

    Damn right giv the club the time it craves time will b the judge here up the toon

  • Kazie23

    What happened to the people who said we aren’t going to get any good players and spend over 10mill on a player

  • snodgrass2

    ” and the rest of the Premier League can only offer envious glances”  Chelsea City Arsenal Man U Southampton etc etc can only offer envious glances? This is why the rest of the Premier League regard us as deluded. One player we haven’t even signed yet and the league is envious of us? Don’t make me laugh. Where do you guys come from????

  • snodgrass2

    Kazie23 At this moment still waiting……

  • Up that toon

    Good coaching and a few more, forgive me for getting excited

  • radgiegadgie

    the difference between de jong and this guy is 8m quids.  This was because de jong had injury issues not because he is an inferior player.

    Siem clearly is a very good player when fit…

  • desree

    we are still here and if it happens I’d be stoked, not sure how I’ll be feeling in 18 months time when he is sold in january

  • Andgeo

    Any of those three would be an upgrade on Williamson. The 4 of them should be released, we would be better off playing kids.

  • Wallwalker

    I didn’t really think this would happen, but am glad!  Now, on to other targets.  Mitrovic seems like a jerk.  Two schools of thought: 1-get quality teammates and people into the side… 2-just win, baby.  I suppose I’d settle for a bad boy that puts the ball in the net.

  • mentalman

    Like the rest of our other star players who were supposedly leaving every transfer window and are still here bar 2

  • Jarra MIck

    One swallow doesn’t make a summer

  • mactoon

    Great signing but if the rumours are true that Cisse has agreed personal terms with Trabzonspor what statement does that make?

  • RhysMelhuish

    snodgrass2 I based that comment on the fact I’d seen several tweets from fans of other clubs (some of which including those you’ve mentioned) saying the likes of “how have Newcastle signed this kid?” “why is he joining Newcastle? He could do so much better” etc. – there was no delusion intended!

  • RhysMelhuish

    The Great Valerio When I was asked for a heading for my profile that’s all I was at the time, haha! But fair point!

  • RhysMelhuish

    snodgrass2 Kazie23 well at least we’ve got him now!

  • Durham_CK

    It appears that Wijnaldum is highly rated by a lot of Premier league fans. However I am sure if the likes of Chelsea etc came in for the lad he would have went there. That said it is a good piece of business but it needs to be the first of at least 5. And 5 quality signings not panic bargain basements.

  • Andgeo

    Great first signing. Just need a left back, 2 centre halfs and a striker of similar calibre and we will then have a decent first team cape able of winning something.

  • Jarra MIck

    Ffs stop going owaboard when we buy two quality centre backs and a couple of strikers without losing players then you can start wetting your knickers until then shut the fcuk up.