Tottenham eye move for £12m-rated Newcastle ace as he sets sights on summer exit - report
By North-east correspondent Harry Sykes
Tottenham are among the clubs interested in signing Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle this summer, according to a report.
The Holland international’s agent claimed on Thursday that the 25-year-old attacking midfielder is weighing up his future following the Magpies’ relegation from the Premier League.
Wijnaldum ended the campaign as the club’s top scorer with 11 goals in the Premier League – he also supplied five assists – and he has caught the attention of leading clubs.
The Chronicle claim that Spurs have joined Southampton, West Ham and Italian club Roma in closely monitoring the situation of the 25-year-old.
Reports in Italy have linked Roma with a £12million move in recent days, and Wijnaldum’s agent fuelled the fire of a summer departure with his public comments.
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“Wijnaldum’s situation right now is very simple,” Humphrey Nijman told RomaNews. “Newcastle have been relegated to the second division, so now the player has to think about his future.
“At the moment I can’t say any more, and I can’t talk about negotiations. Roma are a great club, one of the best in Europe.
“How much would he cost? I can’t answer that, it’s the club that decides a player’s price. I only take care of Wijnaldum’s contract.”
Newcastle have been tipped to sell their star players, including Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat and Andros Townsend this summer following their relegation to the Championship.
But Rafael Benitez revealed at a press conference on Wednesday night when it was announced that he has signed an updated contract that he has the final say on whether the club will offload any of their stars. “I don’t need to sell any I players I don’t want to sell,” the manager said.
Each of Wijnaldum’s 11 goals came at home and the attacker, who plays either through the middle or on the left flank, gave prospective buyers the perfect reminder of his talents by starring in Newcastle’s 5-1 demolition of Tottenham on the final day of the season, scoring two goals.
Wijnaldum is currently with the Holland squad as they prepare for their friendlies against the Republic of Ireland, Poland and Austria.
Holland are the most noticeable absentees from this summer’s European Championships after failing to make it out of their qualifying group.
In other Newcastle news, one of Wijnaldum’s teammates is set for the exit door after a disappointing season.