There is “definite interest” from Liverpool in Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldium, but the Reds face competition from bitter rivals Everton and Spurs, according to Chronicle reporter, Lee Ryder.
The Netherlands international, who was part of the Magpies’ much-maligned relegated side last term, has emerged as a target for the Merseysiders over the course of the last 24 hours, with reports claiming that Jurgen Klopp’s side are keen to seal a deal for his signature this week.
Newcastle, however, are holding out for £25m – which would hand them a £10.5m profit on the player they signed just last year – and could spark a bidding war, with Ryder confirming that Everton and Spurs are also interested in the 25-year-old.
The Chronicle reporter, an expert on all things football in the North East, tweeted: “Definite interest in Wijnaldum from #LFC but no bids yet. Spurs and #efc also in the hunt.”
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) July 17, 2016
Wijnaldum netted an impressive 11 goals last term for Newcastle, albeit his stats are slightly skewed by a four-goal haul against fellow relegation-sufferers, Norwich.
Ryder’s revelation that Spurs and Everton are interested in the playmaker are backed up by reports claiming that the Londoners see him as an option, albeit not at £25m, while new Toffees chief, Ronald Koeman, is believed to be eager to link up with his compatriot at Goodison Park.