By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Liverpool are close to signing Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle, according to a reliable Merseyside journalist.
The Telegraph claim the Merseysiders have jumped to the front of the queue to sign Wijnaldum as Jurgen Klopp continues to press ahead with plans to bolster his midfield options.
It is said Newcastle value the Dutch international at £27million but Liverpool are hopeful of striking a deal at around the £20million mark.
Experienced Merseyside journalist Chris Bascombe says negotiations between the two Premier League clubs is ongoing but states “there is even some optimism on Merseyside talks could advance significantly over the next few days in time for the player to join Liverpool’s pre-season tour of North America”.
Klopp’s side head to the United States on Thursday as they step up their pre-season preparations.
It is understood that Tottenham and and Everton are also keen on signing Wijnaldum, who has made it clear that he wants to leave following the club’s relegation to the Championship.
The Holland international moved to the north east of England last summer from PSV Eindhoven for a fee of £14.5million.
The 25-year-old was a shining light in a wretched Premier League campaign for the Tyneside club, scoring 11 goals in the competition.
This update will be welcomed by Liverpool supporters in a week in which the club have sold Jordan Ibe to Bournemouth for £15million, Martin Skrtel to Fenerbahce for £5.5million and young winger Sergi Canos to Norwich for £2.5million.
The Merseyside club are also in advanced talks with Crystal Palace over the sale of Christian Benteke.
Football Insider reported that the Eagles made an improved offer for the Liverpool striker last week of an initial £27million plus £4.5million of performance-related add-ons, just £1million short of the Reds asking price.
The deal is currently on ice but the striker is expected to leave Anfield even though he has four years to run on his current deal.
Liverpool have signed Sadio Mane, Joel Matip, Loris Karius and Marko Grujic in the summer transfer window but the signs are that supporters can expect more deals to be completed.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club have agreed the terms of a club-record transfer.