Report: Tottenham make midfielder approach, Levy responds to asking price
By Dominic Toner
Tottenham are interested in singing Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum this summer but chairman Daniel Levy believes their valuation is way off, according to a report.
Wijnaldum had recently expressed his desire to join manager Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham but the clubs still seem a long way from agreeing a deal.
The Mail Online report that Newcastle are holding out for at least £25million for the Dutchman but the Spurs boss and chairman both agree the figure is way too high for a player who was recently relegated to the Championship.
The Holland international is keen to leave Newcastle just 12 months after his arrival from PSV Eindhoven for £14.5million.
Spurs turned their attention to Wijnaldum after abandoning their pursuit of Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze.
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Despite Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship last season, the 25-year-old attacking midfielder was one of the standout performers as he grabbed 11 League goals in 38 top-flight appearances.
His nation failed to qualify for this summer’s European Championships, but Wijnaldum played a key role in the nation’s third-placed finish at the 2014 World Cup.
After earning his first International call up back in 2011, he has gone on to become an important player and grabbed the second goal in their 3-0 win against Brazil at the World Cup.
Wijnaldum definitely remains a top priority for Spurs and they will be hoping to add some more quality to their squad as they prepare for Champions League football this season, however the clubs will need to negotiate a deal that suits both of them.
Mauricio Pochettino has already taken his summer spending beyond the £30million mark after signing forward Vincent Janssen for £18.8million, and midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama from Southampton for around £12million last month.
In other Tottenham news, their Euro 2016 flop has been urged to toughen up by club legend Ledley King.