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.
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
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