Liverpool will have to pay £25million to sign Newcastle's Giorginio Wijnaldum

According to the Chronicle, Liverpool were interested in a move for Georginio Wijnaldum before his move to Newcastle United last summer. When manager Rafa Benitez joined the club late in the campaign, things looked good, but were handed a ticket to the second divisions, thanks to rivals Sunderland.

It's hard to blame Newcastle for trying to milk all the money they can out of whatever club ends up signing Wijnaldum, especially considering the amount of Premier League TV money that's been floating around.

Today, Liverpool step-up their interest in Georginio Wijnaldum....

Wijnaldum, conscious that his worldwide ambitions will be dented by playing at a lower level, has made no secret of his desire to move.

And it is not certain he will be in the squad for tomorrow night's friendly against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Though he did not have his best season last year-the same can be said for most of the Toon's players as they slipped out of the Premier League-Wijnaldum is an excellent player.

Newcastle paid £14.5m to sign him from PSV Eindhoven a year ago and intend to make a significant profit on that investment.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp - who takes his squad to the United States of America for a pre-season stint later this week - is looking to strengthen his midfield this summer, and a report yesterday claimed that the Magpies would be interested in taking midfielder Lucas Leiva or full-back Jon Flanagan in part-exchange.

Injuries to Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez, who are both in danger of missing the start of the season, combined with Tiago Ilori's involvement for Portugal at the Olympic Games had left the Reds boss short on options, with Kolo Toure released and Martin Skrtel sold to Fenerbahce.

However, I fully expect Wijnaldum to leave St James' Park over the coming weeks and I think he'd be an excellent addition for either Liverpool or Tottenham if they could get a deal agreed with the Magpies.

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