Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez's past quotes on Liverpool man Georginio Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum (R) of Liverpool FC competes for the ball against Keshi Anderson (L) of Crystal Palace during a 2017 Premier League Asia Trophy fixture at Hong Kong Stadium on July 19,...

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is said to be of interest to Newcastle United this summer.

Georginio Wijnaldum with his teammates of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between A.S. Roma and...

Rafael Benitez’s past comments on Georginio Wijnaldum when he left Newcastle United make for interesting reading, now he has been linked with a return.

According to Takvim, Newcastle are interested in snapping up Wijnaldum from Liverpool this summer.

The attacking midfielder faces a fight for a place with the Reds, and reportedly could be placed up for sale this summer.

And Benitez’s comments about Wijnaldum certainly suggest that he wouldn’t be opposed to having the Dutchman back at St. James’ Park.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

“Sometimes players receive massive offers, and it’s very difficult to say no,” Benitez said back in 2016 to the Shields Gazette, after Wijnaldum left Newcastle in a £25 million deal (BBC Sport).

“He was going to a massive club from a team that was relegated to the Championship, and then you have a massive offer from a top side.”

“It’s difficult for a professional, and especially for a foreign player, to say no. I think he was happy here and he appreciated the relationship with the fans.”

“Everything here was fine. He was a happy player. But he had the offer, he went there. I think the fans will say ‘fine, fair enough’. I don’t see any animosity against him because he left. I think the fans will understand.

Liverpool's Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum vies with Porto's Brazilian defender Alex Telles (R) during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen first leg football match between FC...

If Wijnaldum was to return to Newcastle he would improve the quality of the attacking line-up at St. James’ Park.

The 27-year-old scored 11 goals in his first season with Newcastle, and became a popular figure on Tyneside.

Newcastle are understood to be on the look out for new signings this summer, but they are yet to really make a big splash in the transfer market.

The Magpies have brought in three new players so far, with Kenedy, Martin Dubravka and Ki Sung-Yeung all arriving.

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