Report: Newcastle midfielder to be pulled out of friendly squad amid Liverpool interest

General view outside St James' Park

The Magpies man looks destined to return to the Premier League before the new season.

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

Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum looks set to be pulled out of the Magpies' squad for their pre-season friendly with Doncaster Rovers on Wednesday as talks continue regarding a move to Liverpool, according to the Shields Gazette.

While the Shields Gazette reports that talks between the two clubs are at advanced stage, the Reds are yet to make a bid, though the report adds that that could change imminently.

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring his fourth in the win over Norwich

The talks that have taken place so far appear to have centred around how any potential fee would be paid. The Shields Gazette claims that the Championship side want the majority of the fee - which the report claims could be around £25m, despite a bid not being placed - paid up front, while the Merseyside outfit would prefer to make several payments.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp before the matchLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp

If Jurgen Klopp's men are seemingly willing to pay as much as £25m on the Netherlands international, it seems unlikely that they will be put off a deal if Newcastle dig their heels in and insist that most of the fee is paid in one go. 

And while Rafael Benitez may have preferred to keep the 25-year-old amongst his squad as they look to get back to the top flight at the first time of asking, the funds that Wijnaldum's departure would bring may provide the Magpies boss with the resources to go out and sign players who wish to play for the club.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez before the matchNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

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