Newcastle United target Georginio Wijnaldum as first signing for new boss Steve McClaren

Georginio Wijnaldum
Georginio Wijnaldum
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Newcastle United are hopeful of a transfer breakthrough this week – and Georginio Wijnaldum could be the first player through the door.

The Magpies, yet to sign a player this summer, kick off their pre-season campaign with a friendly at Gateshead on Friday.

Steve McClaren then takes his squad across the Atlantic at the weekend for a three-game tour of the USA.

Newcastle have held discussions with PSV Eindhoven over a move for Wijnaldum, who captained the Dutch club to the Eredivisie title last season.

McClaren wants to sign a powerful, box-to-box midfielder, and Wijnaldum, an international team-mate of United’s Dutch quartet Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Siem de Jong and Vurnon Anita, fits the bill.

Wijnaldum, 24, would cost around £15million and is well known to McClaren, who had two spells in charge of Dutch club Twente.

It is not clear where the Tynesiders’ pursuit of Wijnaldum, also linked with Sunderland and Roma, leaves midfielder Moussa Sissoko, linked in the French Press over the past 48 hours with a move to Liverpool.

Manchester United and Arsenal are also said to be interested in Sissoko, who has given mixed messages about his future over the past 12 months, though, at the end of last season, said he would be happy to stay at Newcastle.