Newcastle are reportedly closing in on PSV Eindhoven's Georginio Wijnaldum.
Steve McClaren is closing in on making £15 million-rated PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum his first signing as Newcastle manager, according to the Mirror.
The Dutch outfit have left their 24-year-old captain, who McClaren knows well from his time coaching in the Eredivisie with FC Twente, out of their squad for a pre-season friendly in anticipation of his move to St. James' Park.
The transfer would be a huge coup for the new Magpies boss, who has been given the green light by club owner Mike Ashley to splash the cash this summer ahead of what is expected to be a highly competitive Premier League campaign.
What would Wijnaldum bring to St. James' Park?
Should Wijnaldum complete a switch to Newcastle, McClaren will have signed one of the best attacking midfield prospects in Europe. Capped 19 times by Holland, Wijnaldum emerged as one of the key players in PSV’s success last season, appearing 33 times for the eventual domestic champions.
The Dutchman's arrival will bring a new dimension to a Magpies midfield that struggled in the final third last term. With 14 goals to his name last term, he outscored every single player at St. James' Park, while he fashioned a further 41 key passes - a tally only bettered by Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko.
Not only does Wijnaldum provide an attacking threat, he is also exceptional in possession. Last term he completed 84% of his attempted passes and a mightily impressive 78% of his attempts to dribble past an opponent, while he drew 44 fouls throughout the season.
Newcastle fans should be very excited about the prospect of signing the PSV man. He represents a significant upgrade when compared to the Toon's current options, particularly with his ability going forward. For a side that lacked a sense of invention and creativity last term, his arrival would be a breath of fresh air.