PSV midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum’s mooted move to Newcastle is taking plenty of time to come off, following reports almost a week ago that a deal was practically in place for the 19-cap Holland international, but the Geordies may be about to ramp up their transfer window efforts.
The Independent have bundled up four of the five rumoured Newcastle targets most talked about so far this summer into one story, after comments from the new gaffer regarding the dearth of fresh faces since the transfer window.
McClaren is quoted thus:
“We’re close. We are working very hard behind the scenes. When you buy players for up to £5m there are loads of them and in that respect Newcastle would be top of the tree.
“At £5-10m there are still a lot of them and we would be right up there competing with that group…
“When you go £10m-plus they are Europa League and Champions League players at top clubs. There aren’t so many players in that bracket, so the competition is higher.”
The Indy believes the £10m-plus players McClaren is talking about are Wijnaldum, QPR striker Charlie Austin, Anderlecht forward Aleksander Mitrovic and Schalke centre-half Joel Matip.
Bordeaux number nine Diego Rolan was left off the list, despite reports a week ago that Newcastle were lining up a (you guessed it) £10m bid for the 22-year-old Uruguay international, although there has been talk that McClaren is keeping his options open up front, with Austin also fancied by West Ham, Crystal Palace and others.
Wolfsburg goal-getter Bas Dost has also been mentioned as a possible forward target, although the line has gone cold on the 26-year-old Dutchman over the past fortnight.
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