Georginio Wijnaldum: Tim Krul tried to bring me to Newcastle six years ago

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The new Newcastle United signing has spoken of the goalkeeper's desire to bring him to St James' Park.

Tim Krul has told Georginio Wijnaldum that he tried to bring him to Newcastle six years ago, according to the Chronicle.

Indeed, the goalkeeper has apparently been trying to lure the 24-year-old to the Magpies ever since, with the attacking midfielder finally completing a big-money move to St James' Park on Saturday.

Wijnaldum says he is proud to be a Newcastle player and his signing certainly suggests Steve McClaren will be given plenty in the way of new signings.

But the Dutchman could have arrived at Tyneside years ago had he listened to the advice of goalkeeper Krul, he says.

The Chronicle quote Wijnaldum as saying: "At first, I spoke with the Dutch players. I’ve already known Tim Krul for a long time and he told me he’d been trying to get me to Newcastle for six years.

"Every time we’re with the Dutch national team he says ‘Yeah you must come to Newcastle, it’s a great club for you. You will like it there. The training ground is amazing, the people will like you and you will like the people. The city is also good, the people are nice, kind. So you must make the step to Newcastle’."

Dutch connection?

Krul, Wijnaldum and more of Newcastle's Dutchmen will look to link up together well ahead of next season, with the club's Netherlands connection fast becoming their new French connection.

Krul, however, received plenty of criticism last term and will need to up his game if he is to restore his reputation with the Newcastle faithful.

McClaren himself, though, has previous when it comes to the Netherlands, having won the Eredivisie as a manager. And he may just get Newcastle's Dutch connection ticking once more.

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