Report: Southampton join the race to sign Newcastle's Georginio Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum scores the first goal for Newcastle

Southampton and Everton have been linked with Newcastle United’s Georginio Wijnaldum.

Newcastle's Georginio Wijnaldum shoots

According to the Mirror, Southampton have joined Everton in the race to sign Georginio Wijnaldum.

The report claims that the Saints and the Toffees had scouts present during Holland’s 2-0 win over Austria in order to take a closer look at the Newcastle United man and they would have been left impressed.

Wijnaludum joined Newcastle last summer and made an immediate impression at St. James’ Park.

Georginio Wijnaldum scores the first goal for Newcastle

Despite the team’s struggles, the Dutch play-maker was a shining light for the club and showcased his abilities by netting an incredible four goals during Newcastle’s 6-2 rout of Norwich City back in October.

Wijnaldum, 25, ended the season with a highly respectable 11 goals and five assists from 36 Premier League starts - the sort of figures that would not look out of place for a top six side.

Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship has made them vulnerable to losing a few of their better players, and Wijnaldum is arguably the standout candidate to make a swift return to the top flight.

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the third goal for Newcastle from the penalty spot

The Mirror accredit Everton with a strong interest, yet Ronald Koeman is a big fan of the player and as a result Southampton have joined the race despite Koeman edging towards a move to Goodison Park.

The former PSV Eindhoven man was excellent against Austria and he recently spoke of his desire to return to the Premier League and feature for a beautiful club, quoted by the Mirror.

He said: “Of course I want to play at as high a level as possible, in the Premier League, with a beautiful club – but not everything always goes the way you want. I will see what happens.”

Georginio Wijnaldum scores the third goal for Newcastle from the penalty spot

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