Reports have been swirling in the past few days linking Newcastle United to Georginio Wijnaldum, the star 24 year old Dutch central midfielder who currently plays for PSV.

Multiple news sources have claimed, both in England and abroad, that Newcastle are in ‘advanced talks’ with PSV representatives in an attempt to get a £15 million deal done in the coming days.

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Wijnaldum is considered to be a member of the next wave of Dutch stars. With 19 caps and 3 goals for his national team, as well as his impressive club form, his talent is unquestioned.

However, despite his success at both the club and international level, a bid for the PSV man is a very confusing move for Newcastle United to make.

After escaping relegation on the last day of the Premier League season it is obvious that immediate change is needed amongst the Newcastle personnel.

The Magpies ended the season with the second most goals conceded and sixth least goals scored in the English top tier.

They were also outscored by 3 or more goals five times during the season and were kept scoreless on twelve different occasions.

In a Chronicle end of season survey, fans identified striker and centre-back as the two positions that the Newcastle board most needed to focus on during the transfer window.

However, in the nearly two months since the season ended, no significant progress has been made on getting cover at either of these positions.

Instead of filling the obviously massive holes that nearly got Newcastle relegated, the higher ups on Tyneside are looking to spend significant funds on a position that can already be occupied by first-teamers Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella, Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback.

So why are funds being allocated towards purchasing a player that, although talented, doesn’t play one of the two positions in most dire need of support?

Some would argue that it is to prepare for a longstanding rumoured sale of Sissoko to Liverpool, or to provide cover for last year’s injury stricken midfield.

It is true that if Sissoko is to be sold then Wijnaldum would fit into the vacant box-to-box midfielder role. However, as has been the case time and time again during Mike Ashley’s ownership of Newcastle, it would be frustrating to see a player bought simply as a direct replacement of a sold footballer.

In a rare pre-game interview in May, Mike Ashley promised progress would be made during the summer months.

The potential purchasing of Georginio Wijnaldum for £15 million in preparation of selling Moussa Sissoko, instead of allocating that money towards buying long sought after forward or central defensive transfer targets, is baffling.

QPR striker Charlie Austin and FC Schalke 04 center-back Joel Matip have been repeatedly linked to Newcastle and would instantly strengthen the team.

Unfortunately, bidding £15m for Wijnaldum would prove that the mentality of ‘two steps forward and one step back’ still reigns supreme in the Newcastle United front office.



  • Simon Sharp

    Agreed. We seem top-heavy in central midfield. We’ve got Sissoko, Colback, Abeid and Tiote all in there. Unless Wijnaldum is expected to play in the hole behind a striker, but surely fitness-permitting, that’s for De Jong or Perez? I agree that centre-half is really a priority. The club appear to be gambling a bit that Lascelles really will be “just like a new signing” but there’s a risk that he’ll take time to gel – you never really heard anyone raving about him last year at Forest either.

  • mrkgw

    This signing would hopefully be the start of many. With Sissoko probably off, then midfield would also require strengthening.

  • SimonDavies1

    mrkgw Signing a quality international player shows desire. I would prefer to see Sissoko running at players and attacking. If he was allowed further out he’d be deadly

  • NottsToon

    Sissoko replacement, plain and simple.

  • MichaelDew1

    We don’t need new players there are up to 8 available that weren’t around much last season.
    Taylor S De Jong Aarons Lascelles Darlow Marveaux Hadaira Good Tiote
    Think the wage bill should be kept firmly in check and save our pennies for a rainy day.
    Maybe the fans expect Manchester City style investment rather than give the lads we’ve got a real chance.

  • dondafis

    We need goals. He’s a goal scoring midfielder. We definitely need a couple of strikers but you can’t solely rely on strikers to get the goals you need. Not sure why trying to sign him would baffle you. I think he would be an excellent addition to the team and will make it easier for the two strikers that we will hopefully be signing to go with him.

  • Shabilla1984

    @Notts Toon – he should be playing alongside Sissoko as Cabaye’s replacement!

  • LeazesEnder

    Of course he’s a direct replacement for Sissoko (and 5″ smaller)…. that’s all it means…. its going to be interesting to see who gets on the plane to Milwaukee…..

  • BillytheFish

    Need creative players who provide chances, and pop up with the odd goal, and this lad has that…..

  • Cuse

    So. Let me get this right.

    NUFC fans take to the comment boards to rant about a lack of ambition. They rant about other clubs’ (West Ham, Swansea, Southampton and Everton) marquee signings. They rant about NUFC’s supposed penny pinching (THEY’RE ONLY OFFERING £14.9M FOR CHARLIE AUSTIN I’M BURNING MY SEASON TICKET IN DISGUST). They rant about Ashley not wanting to spend any cash.

    Then a renowned international gets credibly and closely linked to for £15m and they rant about that.

    Truly its not the club who is most baffling this Summer. Its the fans.

  • KevinHarland

    What a rubbish article. We have very little creativity in the side and players like this are key additions we need. A striker and a centre back are needed but we need about 6 quality players before we sell anyone so to moan that we’re looking to sign this guy is ridiculous. You’re just writing for the sake of writing and you’re making us fans look like idiots. We call for players then when when we actually look to sign someone, we’re whining.

  • Duke Fame

    LeazesEnder if sissoko wants to leave, and we get Wijnaldum in, that’s fine, especially if we get more for Sissoko.

    A Midfield of Arons, Dejong, Collback, Wijnaldum & A N Other will do wonders, especially if Cabella can show a little more of what he is capable of, I think McClaren should be able to get more out of him. 

    I’m genuinely excited.

  • Duke Fame

    Cuse If there is a league for professionally outraged fans, I think we will top it every time. Whoever we buy is either nor good enough, not expensive enough or some other baffling reason. 

    I’d be thrilled if we get Wijnaldum.

  • Brian Labourne

    What are we supposed to sing.

  • wor monga

    Sissoko made a name for himself when he first played for us,
    and in combination with Debuchy / Cabaye…since then only in fits and starts,
    without anything consistently of the standard we had come to expect from him…

    …so
    if he’s pushing hard for a move then the ball’s in his court, but IMO this lad
    looks stronger not only in technical ability,but in the air, and also has the
    character we need to control team mates not only in the midfield, but also at
    the back, and going forward.

  • Paul Soulsby

    What’s more bafvging is people swallow this stuff that Ashley is sanctioning all this wedge

  • Duke Fame

    KevinHarland I’m not sure if we need 6, a centre half & striker + wide right midfielder are important and Wijnaldum is a great sign of intention. 

    If that means losing Sissoko, I’d be disappointed but not surprised. Sissoko can be tremendously effective he seems to need to be in the right frame of mind to play football.  Whether it’s sullenness or not being bothered, but quite often he just doesn’t look fully switched on. But then again, his celebration of his West Ham goal, looked like the celebration of a passionate player  I just wonder why that passion seems to be sporadic with him. A frustrating player in many respects, and we’d struggle to build a successful team around him.

  • LeazesEnder

    wor monga Every player brought in has arrived on the understanding that they were using the club as a stepping stone!

  • LeazesEnder

    Cuse What?

  • LeazesEnder

    Duke Fame LeazesEnder I’m not…

  • KevinHarland

    Duke Fame I’d say 6 as we have too many players (Gouffran, Obertan, Anita) that are not good enough, and a few more that are on their way out (Coloccini). Too often last year we were relying on players that were simply not good enough. 6 quality additions with no sales would address that, then the players that aren’t good enough can be back up or leave.

  • KevinHarland

    MichaelDew1 Taylor is reckless, De Jong has been injury prone for years and Lascelles couldn’t even get into the Forest team last year. good is light years away from being a first team player, never mind a good one.
    Darlow, Aarons and Tiote will be involved, but Haidara and Marveaux have to improve to be worth a shout.

    I’m up for giving people a chance but some of the lads in your lift are not going to improve us whatsoever in the immediate future.

  • NottsToon

    8 years of evidence…..

  • Hez

    KevinHarland Duke Fame  agree with about 6, we were short of numbers last year and have already lost Ryan Taylor, Jonas and Sammy (off the top of my head) to name a few. All made contributions throughout the year

  • DownUnderMag

    The only reason this makes sense is if 
    a) Sissoko is on his way (for more than what we are spending), 
    b) Ashley thinks that this guy is guaranteed to be worth more the moment he signs and therefore we are getting him on a cheap deal that could turn an instant profit in 12 months, or
    c) There are no other signings willing to come and this is a token gesture to at least get someone in who will probably retain value due to being an international and should fit in well to English footy.
    The fact that we clearly NEED a striker and a centre half minimum and if we sign any sort of midfielder it should be a winger, just escapes the board.

  • Duke Fame

    DownUnderMag you are getting upset for no reason. It doesn’t work that because we need a striker that we therefore can’t chase other players. 

    We know we’re in a competition for Austin, that’s going to take at least a week before we know where we are, are you suggesting we should hold on everything else until that happens?

    The reaction & attitude of some fans is baffling.

  • Duke Fame

    LeazesEnder wor monga I’m sure that’s true of every professional player, they are trying to achieve the best that their ability can achieve.

  • leecharlie30

    baffling ? i dont know why you would say that as we clearly have very few players that can create chances or deliver a decent cross if newcastle can get a midfielder that can can score 15 goals plus and help out creating chances for the strikers get him bought and get rid of the championship players like obertan goufran

  • prestondave

    dondafis had to read your comment twice. So, we agree that we cant solely rely on strikers to score. Its the hopefully buying 2 strikers bit that confused me. We wont be buying 2 strikers so for me the other  confusing bit is why we are buying a midfielder when we need 2 strikers and a couple of centre halves.

  • 1957

    I don’t see how signing this player is baffling. Yes we need defenders and a forward but we didn’t exactly pul up trees in midfield last year. Statistically (goals and assists) Colback was our best midfielder followed by Sissoko and after that there was nothing of note. It’s pointless buying a forward if you can’t provide him with chances or defenders if the midfield can’t give any protection. The question is how good is he?
    We need a balanced approach that puts quality players down the spine of the team. Quality is the key, of the 44 players bought or loaned (and making at least 1 first team appearance) since the end of Ashley’s first season in charge the have been too few of real quality and that’s what has weakened us not a profit or loss figure on transfer dealings

  • DownUnderMag

    Duke Fame DownUnderMag not getting upset over it, i’m all for chasing down other targets as well.  I’m just conscious that we have seen in the past the club go after targets who are financially viable while neglecting other areas where the players would represent a considerable gamble or just a higher market value.
    Often when this happens the players we get in will be in an area of the pitch where we already have numbers, and even large amounts of decent quality when the squad needs players in other positions more.  I’m certainly not saying don’t get someone who is clearly going to improve our squad, but I just hope it isn’t at the expense of other areas which need strengthening more!

  • Duke Fame

    Shabilla1984 De Jong was Cabaye’s replacement.

  • Chemical Dave

    Why, are you Bobby concur ?

  • Chemical Dave

    Quality hissy fit from cuse.

  • CladderJack

    Got the steps the wrong way round there I think … The way you had it we would be making progress, not going backwards, which we clearly are. Your all applying too much logic and thinking that we have some strategic plan other than seeing a good deal and taking it, which is all it is. If we happen to get a good player out of it then that’s a bonus but not the end game. I’m sure we have some people thinking football there but the fat controller says which ‘deal’ gets done and by God it has to be a ‘deal worth his while’ before he allows anything to happen.

  • Demented_Man

    Bloody fans.  They should sack the lot and bring in more reliable replacements from Shirebrook.

  • Chemical Dave

    Hahaha

  • Cuse

    Duke Fame Cuse The problem is that they’re not professionally outraged. They’re amateurishly outraged.

    Cracking comment though, Duke.

  • Cuse

    NottsToon Evidence of what? Outrage?

    True dat.

  • Cuse

    Chemical Dave Meow.

  • Chemical Dave

    Wonder if he’ll sign today, 20 years ago today we signed Daveed !

  • Cuse

    Demented_Man You’re right.

    Start with fans who are you know, fans. Who like the club.

  • Duke Fame

    DownUnderMag fair enough but i think we know why the striker birth has not yet been filled and it’s not really in NUFC’s hands.

  • Chemical Dave

    Well know one likes the club more than shirebrook employees so you’re probably right there soft length.

  • DominicQuirke

    What if it is to replace Tiote whilst keeping Sissoko?

  • KevinHarland

    Duke Fame DownUnderMag I’d rather we waited and fought for a decent striker than just went out and signed another gamble like Riviere. No striker worth having is going to fall in our laps early doors. If you want a proven striker, you have to accept that everyone else does too.

  • Hez

    Cuse Demented_Man  sound like season ticket holders who have been duped into spending more money on the club by Mike Ashley under the banner “just support the team!”. Well each to their own, if you want to go and if some people have different views fine.

  • KevinHarland

    Lascelles couldn’t even get in the Forest side half the time!

  • Hez

    Cuse Duke Fame  think its more the outrage at fans having the p*ss taken out of them for years so they react with negativity towards most things the club do. Your comments are hugely playground and immature so surprised you believe others are immature, at the end of the day their hasn’t been much to support in terms of football and progression for while, the club lacks investment and leadership and has hardly won a football match for two years, if they want to be angry let them, try climbing of the high horse

  • Mister Tee

    @Duke Fame
    How is it “not really in NUFC’s hands”?
    We have money to spend.
    We (reports suggest) have identified Charlie Austin as our number 1 target.
    QPR (reports suggest) have put a £15million valuation on him.
    Leicester have had a £12million bid knocked back.
    Why not meet their valuation and see what happens?
    The ultimate decision lies with Austin but the ultimate decision for any transfer is the player in questions, they will agree or they will not so why do you single out the striker position as the one out of our hands?
    A striker and a centre back should be our main concern surely?

  • Porciestreet

    Some people are never happy…. He’s probably got more in one boot than our other midfielders put together. Shake ya heeds for kucf’s sake…!

  • Leonidas Benovias

    Duke Fame Cuse couldn’t agree more with you guys!
    I would also be absolutely thrilled if we sign Wijnaldum!!!

  • Mister Tee

    @MichaelDew1
    We’ve saved our money.
    We have £34million in the bank.

  • Porciestreet

    leecharlie30 
    Is it not a simple fact that sossoko and Coback for instance had too much pressure on them to control our fates last season which had the opposite effect and caused more problems than were solved.  Get him in for me. The more quality we have in the squad the better. Play him in there and you’ll never see Goofy again……!
                     Ashley oot.

  • Porciestreet

    Duke Fame DownUnderMag 
    And quite cynical. and I know what cynical is. I understand the frustrations of the majority of our fans, but hey, have a pint and chill oot man, it’ll be aalreet on the neet.

  • magpie9

    P.S.V. stated today there have been no bids from Newcastle, more smoke & mirrors from the fat mans regime planting total lies to gullable reporters who stretch it even more to create these headlines.

  • Porciestreet

    Mister Tee 
    Agreed, but the guy is on holiday and also fighting his way through a honeymoon so is not giving it his full attention if you get my drift. Chill oot mate, it will happen. If it doesn’t, it wasn’t going to.  Glass half full eh……!

  • Porciestreet

    More likely to be Chumly, but Cashley still has to provide the funds… It’s his money.
       Ashley OOT
    .

  • Porciestreet

    wor monga 
    Agreed, and is great captain material.
    Ashley OOT.

  • Jezza_NUFC

    The fact that some people actually seem to believe that the FCB is going to make money available for Newcastle to sign Wijnaldum is baffling. It’s never going to happen, not in a million years. “Advanced talks” is just another way of saying “can’t get him over the line”.

  • potski

    How can you be top heavy in central midfield if there are only 5 players? In fact you should include Anita, but with a 4-3-3 then you need 3 on the pitch and at least 3 to cover injuries and suspensions. Remember we had Guti play one game, and Ryan Taylor several at the end of the season because we didn’t have cover. With Ameobi also on his way out on loan we must recruit more midfielders full stop, but I’d like to think that the club won’t just buy another Gouffran, Colback (ginger – yes, Pirlo – no), Anita, adequate players, but not great. A quality player like Cabaye would make a massive difference, when we have the ball and without.

  • Porciestreet

    Duke Fame KevinHarland 
    He’s only tremendously effective mate, so long as he turns up every week, you must admit that for all his talent, there is a potential which , on his level of salary and opportunity, quite often goes missing.
                  Ashley OOT.

  • Porciestreet

    LeazesEnder Duke Fame 
    Lets face it, it’s wakin the deed tryin to get you excited eh……!

  • Porciestreet

    Shabilla1984 
    Might be yet… He doesn’t have to go ya na…..!

  • potski

    But angry about signing a quality player? It lacks any commonsense. If you were really concerned about supporting football you would be delighted to have Wijnaldum join the club, end of. It’s not like we are hard-up and can’t afford to buy Austin, Wijnaldum and a good CB

  • Porciestreet

    prestondave dondafis 
    Who says we arn’t buying two strikers, because you say so…? Best to wait till the end of the window before we go round hangingfolk for summit they didn’t do eh…!

  • Stephen Sheppard

    i disagree, the midfield didnt create enough last season. sissoko.tiote are unreliable, they arent the future imo

  • Porciestreet

    KevinHarland MichaelDew1 
    I was just about to post virtually word for word what you just said. Great minds  Etc.
                Ashley OOT.

  • Porciestreet

    SimonDavies1 mrkgw 
    Have to wait ahd see what SM has up his sleeve, if anything .

  • v0ices

    Demented_Man ashley will i am sure advertise for fans in poland.

  • Duke Fame

    magpie9 confidentiality agreement

  • prestondave

    Porciestreet prestondave dondafis .Im just so overwhelmed at all the players weve been linked to so far. 87 or something.? But we are haggling over a 300k kid from lower leagues.So excuse my pessimism and belief we wont be signing anyone. Funny how you are suddenly “expecting” fatty to sign someone when all your posts condemn fatty in the way you do. Have you been on the Keo today.? Too much Cyprus sun. Get some factor 50 on cos I think youre getting sunstroke.

  • v0ices

    Duke Fame magpie9 so only you know about it.

  • Duke Fame

    v0ices Duke Fame magpie9 I can’t tell you if I know or not, that’s confidential! I think it would be understandable that such an agreement was in place

  • Porciestreet

    Wijnaldum is a class above both Tiote and Abeid I would suggest and if the opportunity arised to upgrade what we already have, then how much mor ambition do yo need to see.

  • Porciestreet

    Jezza_NUFC 
    So negative.

  • Porciestreet

    DominicQuirke 
    So much the better.

  • Mister Tee

    @Porciestreet
    Are you having me on?
    I haven’t been on here much lately but you have never struck me as someone who has much faith in how Ashley runs the club.
    Just a sampling of your comments from the last 3 weeks:
    “There has to be some real changes and no-one is kiddin no-one with all our “proposed targets already being tipped (odds on) to go elsewhere. We will finish up with a team of no names and some who don’t care enough for the shirt so Nikey Mikey’s revolution is sinking before it aver sets sail. Good luck lads and lasses, cos we’re gonna need it.”
    “Till the squad flies to America………! Hmmm, What squad would that be exactly..?”
    “Of course, he’s now going to pop out and buy half a dozen real quality players just to make me look a mug isn’t he….not..!”
    “We are fast becoming the laughing stock of the Enlish game and the hole Ashley is digging for us is soon to be too big to get out of. I really am worrying for the future of our club and my enthusiasm is slowly but steadily being eroded.”
    Chill oot indeed…..

  • Chemical Dave

    Does porciestreet suffer from schizophrenia? He goes from lecturing people for being negative to screaming “Ashley oot” in the space of two posts ??

  • Duke Fame

    Mister Tee I suspect it’s not really in QPR’s hands. I mentioned on another thread that Leicester have nothing to gain by publicly stating they are in for Austin unless they want to flush out other bidders so Leicester can get A N Other target.

    QPR are desperate for cash, we will pay cash , not instalments and with exception of Chelsea, we are possibly the only ones capable of doing this.

  • Porciestreet

    Mister Tee 
    Sorry for any misunderstanding M T.  As you rightly say, I have absolutely no time for or faith in the cretin that is systematically raping Newcastle United in full view of the public and media alike. It’s just that at my age (66) I am too long in the tooth that I have left to worry too much and as such, my cup is always half full.
     Maybe wrong, but I do think Austin will sign and I also think there are others we have not considered yet, in the pipeline.
     As with a lot more fans of our club, the passion and fervour we have seen in the past is being systematically eroded which is why I said Chill out. I really can’t ne arsed any more but doesn’t mean I don’t care about what fatty is or isn’t doing to the club as there isn’t much you or I can do about it.
     God bless Newcastle Unitede.  Ashley OOT.

  • prestondave

    Chemical Dave Well spotted mate. Ive said something very similar on this thread. Tried giving me a telling off the 2 faced sod.

  • Mark Reynolds

    Get him sell sissoko as he’s over rated anyway

  • Chemical Dave

    Maybe its the voices in his head ? “Don’t be so negative porcie” ! ‘Okay but I can’t handle it, Ashley oot””!!!

  • Chemical Dave

    Ashley oot ?

  • Chemical Dave

    Duke fame has to be a fake account surely?

  • v0ices

    Chemical Dave surely. i wont hold my breath waiting for this transfer to take place.

  • Cuse

    Mister Tee A striker and a centre back should be our main concern surely?

    Yes.

    But does that mean we can’t sign any other player in any other position until we sign both of those?

  • Kazie23

    He’ll be a good signing as he can cover the wing when needed

  • fromtheheed

    Agree with 1957, we do need quality in midfield and I think he’ll be a good investment. Like that, investment! Besides if we are unable to get any decent forwards over the line, we will have the capability to provide last seasons goal shy forwards with assists from this highly rated player, if he signs.
    Matip sounds like a decent player but as we are dragging our heels and quibbling over pennies we’ll miss out signing him as well. Still require another 4 signings. 
    Actually coming around to having McClaren as coach, believe he has guts to walk if he gets messed about.

  • Mister Tee

    @Cuse
    Of course not and I never said that it did.
    We could, of course, do with reinforcements all through to team due to the fact that the squad has been allowed to stagnate; no new CB bought since we were promoted (apart from Mbiwa and he’s gone) players like Obertan, Vukic, Ferguson, Good, Marveaux, Santon and Gutierrez being overlooked by the manager, flattering to deceive and in some cases being sent out on loan but yet most of them are still on our books.
    If they decide this kid is worth £15m of their money and is going to improve the team then thats fine by me however the major problems we had last season have been well documented in 2 areas – one of the worst defences in the league and not amongst the high scorers you would hope that those 2 key areas would be getting Charnleys full, 100% attention. Given we have also seen the club drag their feet and pass up chances to sign decent strikers in the past (Bony, Remy, Gomis) I would hope they have learnt lessons from that and make quick, efficient, well thought out decisions on transfers, especially on the players that can have a real impact on our season.

  • Mister Tee

    As long as we pay for someone and not all of this “we tried but we couldnt get them over the line etc”.
    We should be able to go head to head with Chelsea for Austin by offering him a major part in our first team not just someone who will sit on the bench ala Demba Ba. Austin seems like the sort of person who would find that role more appealing than being a bit part player and having only recently broke into the England team we should/could have the edge.
    It worries me we don’t take that sort of attitude into potential transfer meetings and only offer players a potential stepping stone instead of selling the club more.
    Maybe McClaren can help change that, I’m certainly hoping so, but after 8 years of Mike Ashley (and only one season of any genuine excitement) I’m afraid I don’t hold out much hope.

  • Wait and shteve

    5 in midfield? So just the one up top? Or three at the back?

  • TeamGB

    Signing a player of his quality would be an enormous boost to the squad and would present useful options to the starting 11, however we are in desperate need of an established and hungry goal scorer. Assuming no players are sold (re Sissoko), then aren’t we merely adding to an area of the field where there is the least need? Logic would suggest he is about to replace someone.

  • TeamGB

    Trends and statistics tell us that successful teams, teams capable of consistently punching above their weight, consist of a higher percentile of leaders, natural Captains. Our present squad is absent of this, this is a marginal quality of our present team.

  • KevinHarland

    Jezza_NUFC We should call you Mystic Meg. Your predictions are spot on…