By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Newcastle will weigh up a bid from Liverpool for Georginio Wijnaldum – but are set to request two players in part-exchange.
The Mail claims Magpies manager Rafael Benitez is interested in deal that would involve up to two Liverpool players moving to St James’ Park as part of the Wijnaldum deal.
It is said Newcastle had wanted Jordon Ibe, prior to his move to Bournemouth, while fringe players such as defender Jon Flanagan and midfielder Lucas Leiva have been mentioned.
The Telegraph claimed on Sunday night 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.
Newcastle value the Dutch international at £27million but Liverpool are hopeful of striking a deal at around the £20million mark.
The Sunderland Echo claims Wijnaldum is keen on a move to Anfield and the 25-year-old is expected to travel to Merseyside ahead of a deal being finalised.
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.
Klopp has already signed goalkeeper Loris Karius, centre-back Matip, forward Sadio Mane and midfielder Marko Grujic this summer.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club could complete a £27million deal for Georginio Wijnaldum by Thursday.