French football journalist Jonathan Johnson has been speaking live on Sky Sports News to discuss the latest on Georginio Wijnaldum’s future – which may involve Newcastle United.
According to the journalist, the Dutch midfielder is still keen to turn around his time with Paris Saint-Germain, but the Toon are monitoring the 31-year-old and have an interest in a potential swoop.
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The PSG midfielder has previous on Tyneside having spent the 2015/16 campaign at St. James’ Park before he was snapped up by Liverpool for £24.75m (via Transfermarkt).
And his recent move to the French capital has not quite lived up to the expectations he will have set for himself, with just the one goal and one assist in 17 Ligue 1 appearances.
With question marks surrounding the future of the midfielder in Paris, the French football expert had the following to say on whether his future may involve a return to the Toon:
“Despite the fact that a number of clubs are monitoring his situation at the moment – Newcastle being one of them, of course, one of his former clubs – he is keen to turn things around in Paris, but it hasn’t gone the way that he or the club would have hoped so far this season.
“But at this moment in time, I don’t think it will be a priority to make a move this month. But if something was to happen, if Wijnaldum was to fall out of favour under [Mauricio] Pochettino, then I definitely think it’s something that could perhaps come together towards the end of the transfer window.
“But for the moment, I wouldn’t necessarily expect any movement on that front, despite the interest.”
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Wijnaldum showed during his time with Liverpool that he was a dependable figure for Jurgen Klopp, with 33 appearances the lowest number of league games he featured in one season for the Reds (via Transfermarkt).
And we think the experience he has gathered since leaving the Toon could potentially help them along their way in the second half of the campaign as Eddie Howe looks to avoid the drop.