Report: Newcastle eyeing up summer move for PSV playmaker Georgino Wijnaldum

Newcastle United are keen on signing the PSV Eindhoven playmaker, having been tracking his progress this season.

As per a report in the Chronicle, the Magpies have long been aware of Wijnaldum, and could be preparing to finally make an offer for him this summer.

A 24-year-old Dutch international - who went to the World Cup last summer - Wijnaldum currently plays for PSV Eindhoven - with whom he just won the Eredivisie title.

Starting his career at Feyenoord, Wijnaldum made 134 appearances for the Rotterdam side before transferring to PSV in 2011. He has since made 152 appearances for the league champions, scoring 55 goals and registering 24 assists.

Despite his young age, he is also PSV’s captain, and in 42 games this season he netted an incredible 17 goals from an attacking midfield position.

Primarily a central attacking midfielder, Wijnaldum can also play on both wings, but it is his goalscoring rather than his creative talents which should be utilised. This season he has focused his play mainly through the centre, acting as the attacking midfielder in a 4-3-3 - with Andres Guardado and Adam Maher sitting behind him to shield the defence.

There is yet no indication as to whether Wijnaldum is up for leaving PSV, especially with Champions League football secured, whilst Manchester United and Arsenal are also named in the Chronicle report as being interested in his services.

Newcastle could make a real statement of intent by moving for Wijnaldum this summer, and it would certainly be a move in the right direction considering all the criticism the club have received in recent months.

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