Newcastle tell Spurs to cough up Championship-record fee for midfield target

According to reports from Mirror Football, Newcastle United have told Tottenham Hotspur they must pay £25million to seal the transfer of midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Netherlands international produced strong form during his debut campaign on Tyneside, notching up eleven goals and five assists in 38 Premier League appearances.

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But that wasn’t enough to prevent Newcastle’s relegation from the top flight and with Rafa Benitez’s boys now preparing for a season in the Championship, it has been suggested Wijnaldum could move on this summer.

The Telegraph reported earlier this week that the 25-year-old has emerged as a target for Tottenham, who are looking to add depth to their squad ahead of a Champions League campaign.

But according to Mirror Football, Newcastle will only relinquish the former Eredivisie star if the Lilywhites match their £25million valuation.

That’s over £10million more than the sum the Magpies paid PSV last summer and would constitute a new record selling fee for the Championship – trumping the initial £16.5million Spurs paid for then-Charlton Athletic striker Darren Bent back in summer 2007.