Newcastle are one of just four Premier League clubs yet to get over the line with a summer 2015 signing, but recent reports suggest Steve McClaren may be on the verge of adding a wealth of fresh firepower to his new club’s attack.
According to a variety of sources, including local paper the Newcastle Chronicle, the Mirror and even Football Italia, PSV attacking midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has all but made his mind up on a move to St James’ Park, shunning the likes of Sunderland and Roma in the process.
Wijnaldum will cost £15m, which seems fair for a man who already has a World Cup final third-place play-off goal against Brazil to his name, plus 40 Eredivisie strikes and 15 assists over the past four seasons.
The fact that Eredivisie goal-getters don’t always translate their form in other leagues has been repeated ad nauseam, but the 24-year-old beat new £30m Manchester United forward Memphis Depay to Dutch footballer of the year last term, so Wijnaldum ought to prove a bargain.
Newcastle are also thought to have made an enquiry over the availability of Bordeaux’s Uruguayan striker Diego Rolan, who beat Wijnaldum’s 14-goal Eredivisie tally by one in Ligue 1 last season.
Reports indicate that McClaren is keeping his options open by tracking the 22-year-old and Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost as the competition for number one target Charlie Austin hots up, with Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Leicester all keen on the QPR man.
However, some media sources speculate that Newcastle are preparing a £10m bid for Rolan, who is said to be valued at £15m by his club.
It sounds like Sunderland have plenty of money and no one to spend it on, with chairman Ellis Short reportedly ready to bankroll boss Dick Advocaat’s reshaping of the Black Cats, but targets such as Wijnaldum seemingly slipping through their fingers.
The Mirror goes on to mention the possibility of Everton’s Aiden McGeady moving to the Stadium of Light, which sounds plausible considering the Toffees recently signed former loanee Gerard Deulofeu, a similar type of player to the Irishman, who was linked with a move to his old club Celtic in the last few days.