Five things Newcastle fans should know about reported target Georginio Wijnaldum

Newcastle United have been linked with a move for the PSV Eindhoven star, so what should Magpies fans know about Georginio Wijnaldum?

It's been a long time coming but Newcastle United may be closing in on their first major signing of the summer with Georginio Wijnaldum linked to the club.

According to the Chronicle, the Magpies are in advanced talks with the Holland international over a move to St James' Park.

But what do Toon fans need to know about the 24-year-old star? Here are five rather unusual facts involving the PSV midfielder.

1. He didn't always want to be a footballer

Back when he was just a child, Wijnaldum showed little interest in football, instead pursuing his love of acrobatics and gymnastics.

It was only when his nephew suggested he attended a Sparta Rotterdam open day with him that things changed. Wijnaldum caught scouts eyes there and was soon invited to the club's academy.

2. He has got some famous relatives

Football certainly seems to run in the blood, with George's brother, Giliano Wijnaldium also playing in Holland for Go Ahead Eagles.

The PSV man also counts former Real Madrid and Reading man Royston Drenthe as one of his cousins while Wolves winger Rajiv van La Parra is his half-brother.

3. He was a record-breaker at Feyenoord

After moving to Feyenoord in 2007, Wijnaldum made his first-team debut in April of that year in a home match against Groningen.

Not only was he named Man of the Match that day, but at the age of 16 and 148 days, he also became the youngest player to ever feature for the Rotterdam side.

4. He once scored four goals in one game

One of Wijnaldum's notable high points for Feyenoord during his stay at the club came in a memorable Eredivisie encounter with his old favourites, Groningen.

Facing off back in February 2011, with the Rotterdam side struggling at the wrong end of the table, the midfielder managed an impressive four-goal haul in a 5-1 win with two goals scored in open play and two more coming from the penalty spot.

5. He scored four minutes into his Holland debut

Wijnaldum did not have to wait long to impress on his Oranje debut, coming on in the final few minutes of a Euro 2012 qualifier with minnows San Marino.

Already leading 9-0 by the time he stepped on the pitch in the 86th minute, the PSV star still managed to get on the scoresheet with the final goal in a 11-0 win.

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