Newcastle demand £10.5m profit on axed attacker as Everton weigh up mega bid
By Harry Sykes
Newcastle have slapped a £25million price tag on Georginio Wijnaldum amid strong interest from Everton, according to a report.
The Holland international arrived at Newcastle from PSV Eindhoven last summer in a deal worth £14.5million.
Wijnaldum ended the Magpies’ dismal season as the club’s top scorer with 11 goals in his first season in the Premier League but he was axed from the starting X1 by Rafael Benitez in a number of key matches at the end of the campaign.
Nevertheless, the Sunday People claim Newcastle want to make a £10.5million profit on the 25-year-old-attacking midfielder.
It is said new Everton boss Ronald Koeman is interested in Wijnaldum as he steps up plans to strengthen the squad with a transfer kitty of £100million.
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Newcastle are in no rush to wrap up a deal for a player they have under contract until 2020 and Benitez has claimed he is under no pressure to sell the club’s prize assets.
But Wijnaldum has hinted that he does not want to spend a season in the second tier and it is suggested he has instructed his representatives to find him another club.
This has opened the door to suitors, who also include Italian big-hitting duo Roma and Napoli.