Rumours suggesting that Tottenham target Georginio Wijnaldum could be on the verge of sealing a move to Anfield have gained significant traction in the last 24 hours after the Merseyside club confirmed their key target Piotr Zielinski would not be joining the club.
The Shields Gazette, a Tyneside-based paper regarded to have a good inside track on the club, suggest the midfielder will cost in the region of £25m.
The persistent newspaper stories suggesting that Spurs were interested in the 25 year old Dutchman was met with a mixed reaction amongst fans; Wijnaldum undoubtedly has talent but concerns over the players patchy form and questionable commitment to the cause in Newcastle’s relegation dogfight have left many feeling somewhat tepid over any prospective deal.
Whilst the midfielder boasts a handsome goalscoring record (11 goals in 38 league matches for Newcastle, making him the third highest goalscoring midfielder behind Sanchez and Mahrez) and a whippet-like abundance of energy, it seems unlikely that many supporters will likely be disappointed to have missed out on the player.
The midfielder would post likely be utilised as a utility player for the club and it is of little surprise that the board balked at the £25m asking price that only a team like Liverpool would seemingly be silly enough to pay.
Though the 25 year old could potentially offer a Fernandinho-esque midfield option or goals from the bench, one finds it hard to believe that Pochettino would struggle to identify a player that could present similar qualities at much greater value.
Written by Joe Thomas