Report: Everton turn attention to Georginio Wijnaldum's Newcastle teammate; Magpies ready to sell

Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright and new manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference

The Premier League side look set to miss out on the Dutchman.

New manager Ronald Koeman during the press conferenceEverton manager Ronald Koeman

After seemingly missing out on signing Georginio Wijnaldum, Everton are preparing to switch their attention to the Dutchman's Newcastle teammate Moussa Sissoko, according to the Chronicle.

Wijnaldum appears to be on the verge of completing a move to the Toffees' Merseyside rivals Liverpool after the two clubs agreed a £25m fee for the midfielder, Sky Sports reports.

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates after scoring the first goal for NewcastleGeorginio Wijnaldum looks set to join Liverpool

The Magpies have slapped a £35m asking price on the Frenchman in an attempt to put potential buyers off a move (via Chronicle), but the drawn out nature of Wijnaldum's seemingly-imminent departure could play into Everton's hands if they do hope to land Sissoko, and for less than the asking price. 

The Chronicle reports that the Championship side are keen to avoid the squad being burdened by the uncertainty of a player's future like they have been with Wijnaldum, so may be more willing to reach a compromise regarding a deal for Sissoko if it means that the situation is resolved quickly. 

Moussa Sissoko celebrates scoring the second goal for Newcastle UnitedMoussa Sissoko

Though paying £35m for a player gearing up for a season in the second tier seems very steep, the 26-year-old has shown that he has the ability to shine at the highest level and has plenty of knowledge of the Premier League. And if they can use Newcastle's desire to avoid a protracted saga to lower the price, then it will surely be a good piece of business.

But with the Chronicle reporting that Juventus want Sissoko if his countryman Paul Pogba ends up joining Manchester United, the Toffees may have to get the balance right between getting the best deal for them and making sure they put enough of an attractive offer on the table to ensure that the deal is done before the Italian giants can seriously join the race. 

West Ham's Nikica Jelavic in action with Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko

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