Newcastle United have just released an official statement on Saturday morning confirming that Georginio Wijnaldum is now a Newcastle player.

Last night Steve McClaren stated that the deal wasn’t ‘over the line’ yet as the club waited for the results of his medical and a number of scans.

Happily, no problems and an impressive first signing under Steve McClaren.

Speaking excellent English, Wijnaldum in a short video clip also confirmed the deal:

“Hi, I’m Gini Wijnaldum, I can confirm that I am a Newcastle player right now. See you soon.”

Official Club Statement


Newcastle United have completed the signing of Netherlands international midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven.

The 24 year-old moves to St. James’ Park on a five-year deal to become the Magpies’ first signing under new head coach Steve McClaren.

The deal for Wijnaldum represents the third highest transfer fee in the Club’s history, after Michael Owen and Alan Shearer.

“I’m delighted to be a Newcastle United player,” said Wijnaldum.

“I felt the time was right for me to move and the Club have shown they really want me, so I’m very happy to be here.

“There’s a few players here who are from Holland – I know them well and they will help me feel at home in Newcastle.

“I know the Club has a great stadium with great fans. I want to play here as soon as possible – I want to feel the atmosphere and hear the crowd. I cannot wait to get started.”

Steve McClaren added: “This signing is a real statement for the Club. It is a big transfer for a very good player and I am delighted to have Gini here at the Club.

“He has lots of energy and a great tempo to his game. He is very skillful but is also capable of playing box-to-box, and – importantly – he can score goals.

“He is at the right age and the right fit for Newcastle. He is a leader as well and you will see that. He is someone who always wants the ball, can deal with it, and we need that kind of character in the team.”

Born in Rotterdam, Wijnaldum began his career with local side Sparta Rotterdam, remaining with them for seven seasons before joining neighbouring Feyenoord.

Wijnaldum made his first team debut for Feyenoord aged just 16, earning a man of the match award in what would be the first of 134 appearances in five seasons at De Kuip.

Shortly after being called into the Dutch senior squad for the first time in 2011, the midfielder made the switch to Eredivisie rivals PSV, where he would register 56 goals in 152 appearances before arriving on Tyneside.

As captain of PSV, Wijnaldum led the club to the Eredivisie title last season and was crowned Dutch Footballer of the Year 2014/15.

With 19 caps for the Netherlands, Wijnaldum becomes the fifth Dutch international in Steve McClaren’s squad alongside Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Vurnon Anita and Siem de Jong.

  • NottsToon

    Good signing, this lad has genuine class (see, I’m not always negative).

  • Jimmywayhay

    Great news and hopefully inspire the other Dutch lads ,a better option than filling the team with Frenchman ,who have proved their not up to it in the derbies .No matter how good he is ,he needs help and we are still lacking ,in to many important postions ,so we’ll done for now ,but please keep up the good work and get some more class on to that St James pitch !

  • Duke Fame

    NottsToon Well done Notts! That wasn’t hard was it?

  • AB233

    Brilliant news, welcome to the club! Lets hope this is a sign of a corner turned

  • v0ices

    NottsToon now all we need are two CB a left back two wingers and a striker I can see why McClaren talked about 3 windows.

  • AndrewCowley1

    Great signing,the club is doing well at the moment with good changes to the staff and our first signing,hopefully the momentum can keep going and a couple more like him before too long.

  • prestondave

    Well, I hope I am made to eat my words and am smiling at a great signing. Maybe Ashley is coming to his senses and has realised that he can make even more money by being brave and challenging for something. I hope it continues and isn’t just one signing to keep the fans happy.