The long wait for Newcastle to sign a top quality playmaker may soon be over as Dutch star Georginio Wijnaldum is set for a medical at the North East club, ChroncicleLive.co.uk report.
Ever since Yohan Cabaye left Newcastle, the Magpies have been struggling to find a player to replace him. They thought they had this last year in Remy Cabella however the Frenchman spent more time on the wing than he did in midfield, slightly stifling his creativity.
Now, however, Newcastle seem to be ready to fully invest, after Wijnaldum is set for a medical at the club after PSV accepted a £14.5 million bid for his services.
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Bright Future Ahead
This is promising news for us Newcastle fans in a number of ways, it shows that the club is trying to 'bolt the horse to the cart' as Mike Ashley so eloquently put it. This is the second biggest fee Newcastle would have ever paid for a player, with the largest sum being the £16 million they paid for Micheal Owen all those years ago.
Another aspect of good news to come from this deal is that Newcastle are now investing in players who have proven talent, rather than taking a gamble on players who 'might' have the ability to make it or players who 'might' be worth a chance. This is a promising sign and hopefully the talent coming in won't stop here, as we are only a very short way into the transfer window.
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Newcastle are also rumored to be looking for another 3 or 4 signings all around the £10 million mark, however this isn't something I would get too carried away with, as there is also a high chance this is purely media speculation and they could have nothing of the sort planned.
With Wijnaldum coming in, Newcastle now need to look to the other positions that they need to fill, they need to shore up the defense, bringing in a centre back at the very least as well as a striker who can score goals regularly.
Ideally, I would like to see a left back brought into the club seeing as Santon looks to either be staying in Milan or moving elsewhere on a permanent basis. Bringing in two new centre backs would be the best option, handing the captaincy to Jaanmat who has a massive future with Newcastle if he chooses to stay.
After the signing of Wijnaldum I feel like we have a good enough midfield for now, potentially have Cabella and Sissoko out on the wings, and Wijnaldum in attacking midfield. Dependent on the formation Steve McClaren goes for have Colback in holding midfield ahead of Tiote, though this is unlikely.
In terms of strikers, I feel that we need to offload Cisse as quickly as possible. Now don't get me wrong here I wouldn't complain if he stayed, however if we are going to cash in on him the best time would be now as he isn't getting any younger.
Riviere, I don't quite know what to say about him, I feel that he as potential to succeed, however maybe a loan spell would benefit him and then we have the young wonderkid Ayoze Perez, who I think we should keep at the club at all costs.
If you ask any Newcastle fan what they want most and they will tell you they want a classic number 9, a player who is able to hold the ball up, win headers and score goals. This is where I think Newcastle must look next.
What do you guys think? Is Wijnaldum the signing we needed? Who should we get next?