Liverpool and Newcastle have come to an agreement regarding the price we’ll pay for Georginio Wijnaldum, reports the Shields Gazzete, but an official bid has yet to be placed.
This is because the two clubs are still negotiating how the fee will be paid, with Newcastle preferring a lump sum now, and Liverpool asking to pay in instalments, they report. The actual fee we reportedly have agreed to pay is around £25m.
Newcastle take on Doncaster in a pre-season friendly this evening, but the Dutchman is not expected to be selected in Rafa Benitez’s match-day squad, to avoid risk of injury.
There were suggestions in the Telegraph last night that Lucas Leiva could move to Tyneside as part of a swap deal, but if the Shields Gazette are correct, a more basic permanent transfer deal looks more likely.
They claim Wijnaldum is very keen on a move and that developments are expected in the next 24 hours.
The 25-year-old, who arrived at Newcastle from PSV last summer, scored 11 Premier League goals in his debut season but couldn’t stop the Toon’s relegation.
He’s far too good for the Championship, and it now appears Liverpool will offer him a lifeline. He’s physically outstanding, but at Anfield he’ll need to show consistency in performance on top of the odd moments of magic seen at St. James’ Park.