Report: £7.15m bid from Russia rejected for Newcastle and Liverpool-linked Georginio Wijnaldum

Newcastle United and Liverpool have been linked with PSV Eindhoven’s Georginio Wijnaldum.

According to Dutch press source, PSV Eindhoven have turned down a £7.15 million bid from Zenit Saint Petersburg for club captain Georginio Wijnaldum.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder experienced a wonderful campaign in Eindhoven, scoring 14 Eredivisie goals and helping PSV win the title ahead of rivals Ajax.

Alongside new Manchester United signing Memphis Depay, Wijnaldum has been a standout player for PSV and reports last month from Sky Sports credited Liverpool with an interest.

Further reports in the Northern Echo last week stated Newcastle United’s interest, with newly-appointed manager Steve McClaren allegedly eyeing him as one of his first summer transfer targets.

However, the only reported bid to date for Wijnaldum has come from Russia – the Eindhoven Dagblad stating a £7.15 million Zenit bid was flatly refused as PSV instead seek around £14.3 million.

Would Georginio Wijnaldum be a hit in the Premier League?

The full Dutch international has proven he is ready to leave Holland for a more competitive league and why not the Premier League? His attributes certainly fit the English top-flight.

McClaren at Newcastle is likely to adopt a European style, based on possession-play from the back and interchanging midfielders and wide players in the attacking third.

Wijnaldum would be a wonderful acquisition for the Magpies, yet some could argue he is already good enough to warrant playing for a club challenging at the top.

If the Reds lose Raheem Sterling this summer, they will need to bolster their attacking options and the PSV speedster could thrive in Brendan Rodgers’ favoured high-pressing style.

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