It was reported yesterday by SoccerNews that Sunderland were preparing an offer for Wijnaldum, captain of PSV Eindhoven, with Dick Advocaat willing to smash the Black Cats transfer record to sign him.
And now it appears as if the deal is speeding up, with a new report in SoccerNews claiming that delegates of Sunderland are heading to Eindhoven this week to oversee a deal for the 24-year-old midfielder.
The first report indicated that PSV would be willing to sell their star man for no less than £14.3 million, and although other clubs are interested - primarily Newcastle, as per the report - Sunderland look to be in the driving seat for his signature.
Due to the other interest in Wijnaldum, the Black Cats want to open talks this week in an attempt to steal in ahead of their transfer rivals, with them travelling to Eindhoven to speed up the process of potentially signing him.
Signing Wijanldum would be a real coup for Sunderland, and although they would have to break their transfer record to agree a deal with him, the Dutch international has proven his quality for a number of years.
Last season he captained PSV to the Eredivisie title, scoring 14 goals and registering three assists in 33 games, showing his ability as an all-action midfielder who can cut it at the top level.