Aston Villa have been offered the chance to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Georginio Wijnaldum on loan in the upcoming January transfer window.
According to 90min, Steven Gerrard’s side are among a number of Premier League clubs to whom the Netherlands international has been offered, and it’s been suggested that Villa have not yet dismissed the idea.
The report added: “Wijnaldum’s representatives are now set to continue talks with PSG about the prospect of getting him out of the Parc des Princes in the new year, although the final decision will rest with the French giants.”
With a number of years spent in the Premier League with the likes of Newcastle and Liverpool, Wijnaldum would arrive at Villa Park as someone who should be able to hit the ground running.
He played 217 times in the division, scoring 27 goals and providing 16 assists, and while those don’t seem like the most remarkable of numbers, he did come up with some big contributions, particularly for the Reds – you only have to look at his two goals against Barcelona in Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final comeback in 2019 to see that.
He has a big fan in current Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, who declared: “Is he the perfect midfielder? From the skillset 100 per cent. He has all the things you need. There was his header against Barcelona too. He is not the tallest, but he is good in the air. He is a good jumper with good timing, all that stuff. It all makes him a pretty good footballer.
“That is how it should be. It is not my fault if he goes under the radar. You cannot ask me why he goes under the radar. I don’t set the radar!”
Former Liverpool ace Ryan Babel has been equally effusive in his praise of compatriot Wijnaldum, saying: “I have no words for Gini’s performances and quality. He’s an incredible person. His energy is incredible, he has lungs for days. You can tell when he has the confidence, he’s really unbeatable and very hard to play against.”
The £27m-rated Dutch star could bring some proven Premier League quality to this Villa side and ensure that the club start off January with a bang.