Newcastle should alter Wijnaldum stance

According to ChronicleLive, Newcastle United are not interested in re-signing Georginio Wijnaldum this summer, but the Magpies should consider altering their stance.

What’s the story?

The arrivals of Naby Keita and Fabinho at Liverpool this summer has led to suggestions that Wijnaldum is considering his future at Anfield ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

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Wijnaldum has played almost 100 times for Liverpool over the last two seasons, but it would be fair to assume that his playing time will be limited next term.

Newcastle have recently been linked with a move, but according to ChronicleLive, the Magpies are not currently looking to bring the Netherlands international back to St James’ Park.

Rafael Benitez’s side should consider altering their stance, however, as Wijnaldum has already more than proved himself in the Premier League.

The 27-year-old scored 11 Premier League goals at Newcastle during the 2015-16 season, and there is no reason why he could not thrive once again at St James’ Park.

Is the deal actually a possibility?

Newcastle do not have bundles of cash to spend this summer, and Liverpool will surely be looking to recoup the majority of the £25m that they paid for Wijnaldum in 2016.

There are still plenty of Newcastle fans who are unhappy with the manner of the midfielder’s exit, but they would welcome him back with open arms.

Mikel Merino’s move away from the club has left them short in a midfield position, and Wijnaldum is the type of player who could help Jonjo Shelvey thrive in the middle of the park.

In many ways, Wijnaldum is the perfect midfielder for a 4-3-3 formation, and Benitez could certainly do a lot worse than re-sign the Dutchman in this summer’s transfer window.

It might well be difficult to agree a price for Liverpool, but Newcastle really should be looking to push for a deal that could help them break into the top half of the Premier League.