Date: 13th January 2021 at 10:05am
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Seb Stafford-Bloor has been speaking on the latest edition of the Tifo Podcast as part of its ‘Sensible Transfers’ segment, which focused on out-of-contract players.

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Easy one to get us underway, in what month during 2019 was Steve Bruce appointed Newcastle manager?

One player who was mentioned was former Newcastle United man Georginio Wijnaldum who only has until the end of June left on his contract and has so far failed to agree an extension with Liverpool.

While talking about the Dutchman, Stafford-Bloor suggested a move to Newcastle in a hypothetical scenario which would have involved the proposed takeover of the Toon by PCP Capital Partners, PIF, and the Reuben brothers having gone through.

He said: “Had he not played for Newcastle and that Newcastle takeover had gone through, then he would have gone there; it’s that kind of signing because a sporting director who just has a lot of money to play with would say ‘ooh proven winner, I want him, here have a massive contract.”

Would you like to see Wijnaldum back at Newcastle one day?

Yes, that would be great

Yes, that would be great

No, he has had his time

No, he has had his time

TIF Thoughts on Stafford-Bloor’s thoughts…

It should be noted that once again, these are totally hypothetical thoughts from Stafford-Bloor.

However, given that the Toon’s proposed takeover is currently with the legal teams and could still be saved, then at least one part of his scenario could happen.

However, given that Wijnaldum has played for Newcastle before, maybe he wouldn’t be keen on returning to Tyneside.

Since the Dutchman swapped Newcastle for Liverpool, he has won the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League and has made 211 appearances for the Reds, so he has had a successful time.

However, as it stands, he will depart Anfield in the summer and considering Barcelona were heavily linked in the last transfer window, we wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up there.

Stafford-Bloor’s thoughts, though, were interesting, and we would be intrigued to see what happened if the takeover of the Toon does eventually happen.