Newcastle's new signing Georginio Wijnaldum cannot wait to get started

St James Park

The exciting midfielder becomes the club's third most expensive signing and is eager to get going.

Newcastle announced their first signing of the summer on Friday, on the club's official website, and new arrival Georginio Wijnaldum has spoken of his delight at the move.

“I felt the time was right for me to move and the club have shown they really want me, so I’m very happy to be here,” said the Dutchman, as per the club’s official site.

The former PSV Eindhoven man joins Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Vernon Anita and Siem De Jong in the Magpies’ Dutch contingent and feels his fellow countrymen will help him to settle on Tyneside.

“There’s a few players here who are from Holland – I know them well and they will help me feel at home in Newcastle," he added.

“I know the club has a great stadium with great fans. I want to play here as soon as possible – I want to feel the atmosphere and hear the crowd. I cannot wait to get started.”

Wijnaldum joins the Magpies on a five-year deal for £14.5 million, per the BBC, a fee which ranks as the club’s third highest in their history and is only surpassed by the transfers of striking legends Michael Owen and Alan Shearer.

The 24-year old bagged an impressive 14 goals in his 33 league appearances for PSV last season and the Toon Army will be hoping he can replicate that form in the Premier League.

Just the beginning?

Frustration had started to mount among Newcastle fans at the club’s lack of transfer activity this summer, but Wiljnaldum’s arrival represents a real statement of intent.

The midfielder comes highly-rated from the Eredivise and will add real drive and quality to a Newcastle squad that failed to spark last season.

Further additions are required, however, and fans will be hopeful that the Dutchman’s arrival marks the beginning of an influx of talent at St James' Park.

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