Liverpool closing in on £25m-rated ace, player’s medical on Merseyside imminent

Liverpool are closing in on a move for Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum, with the Shields Gazette reporting that the player is due to travel to Merseyside for a medical ahead of a big money switch.

The Netherlands international has emerged as a target for the Reds over the course of the last 24 hours with the Anfield club’s pursuit of Poland international Piotr Zielinski looking to have fallen through.

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And reports claim that the prospective move is heading in the right direction, with Wijnaldum expected to travel to Liverpool soon to undergo a medical.

There’s no specific fee given, although the publication claim that Newcastle want £25m – which would hand them a £10.5m profit in just shy of 12 months – for their man.

Wijnaldum himself is thought to be desperate to leave St James’ Park following the Magpies’ relegation, while his stock remains high given that he netted 11 goals for a below par Tyneside team after joining the ‘Toon’ on the back of captaining PSV Eindhoven to the Eredivisie title.

The Kop side are supposedly eager to get an arrangement signed off in time to take the Dutchman on their pre-season tour of America.

Should a deal go through, the playmaker could become Liverpool’s fourth addition of the summer – Loris Karius, Sadio Mane and Joel Matip have already been signed – and may be joined by 108-cap Estonia international, Ragnar Klavan.

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