Georginio Wijnaldum has told of the eight year chase for his signature, led by Tim Krul.
The former PSV attacking midfielder saying that the Newcastle keeper has repeatedly told him over 8 years, coincidentally the length of Mike Ashley’s time at the club, to move to Tyneside.
More recently, Wijnaldum says that both Daryl Janmaat and Vurnon Anita have been asking if he would come to St James Park.
Whilst the long serving Newcastle keeper was trying to persuade him, Wijnaldum says that Steve McClaren also tried to buy him when he was at Feyenoord and the United Head Coach was at FC Twente.
Explaining how at long last he came to unite with Krul, McClaren, Janmaat and Anita, the Dutch playmaker said that in the end things happened really fast.
After deciding to go with PSV on their Alps training camp, Wijnaldum says that on the first night in Switzerland he found out agreement had been reached and so went to see Phillip Cocu (PSV Manager) to let him know he needed to leave for Tyneside.
The implication clearly being that the two clubs had already reached agreement and that the final piece of the jigsaw was Newcastle agreeing to the player’s personal terms.
Speaking to NUFC TV, Georginio Wijnaldum had this to say:
“I’m really happy because I was looking forward to moving to another club and Newcastle were already showing interest, that gave me a good feeling that the club really wanted me.
“The trainer gave me the option of going to the training camp or staying in Holland but with no agreement at the time, I wanted to go to the training camp (in the Alps) to get fit.”
I must go to Newcastle:
“We went to Switzerland and on that night there was agreement, so I went to the trainer (Manager Phillip Cocu) and said I must go to Newcastle – so it was really quick.
“(Asked what type of player he is) I’m a box to box player and for the last three years (at PSV) we play with two attacking midfielders, so we must defend and attack every time. I’m a player who can make (score) goals and help other players make (score) goals too.
“Tim Krul has told me for eight years to come to Newcastle. Every time when I see him with the national team he says ‘Come to Newcastle, come to Newcastle, it’s a great club’. He’s been here since he was 17 and he said to me ‘You’re a good player and we can use you at Newcastle’.
“Daryl Janmaat also told me and on vacation I saw Vurnon (Anita) and I told him ‘maybe’.