3 – Georginio Wijnaldum
Everton are very interested in signing Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle this summer with Newcastle telling the Merseyside club they will have to stump up £25 million to secure his services.
The skilful winger is looking for a move this summer after the Magpies were relegated to the Championship.
The 25-year-old has impressed in his debut season in England and has scored 11 goals in 38 appearances and has so far represented the Netherlands 30 times scoring six goals.
Newly-appointed Toffees manager Ronald Koeman is reportedly keen to bring his Dutch compatriot with him to Goodison Park as he looks to strengthen his squad.
Wijnaldum predominantly plays on the left, but can be used on the right with the advantage to cut in side; his versatility will certainly be an attraction to interested clubs with the player also capable of playing centrally. Wijnaldum can also play centrally and as soon as he gets the ball he wants to dribble, his impressive power on the flanks saw him manage 60.24% success take ons per 90 minutes. One thing that could be improved in Wijnaldum’s play is his final ball, although this could be worked on, he impressively managed to create 1.37 chances per 90 last season.
Newcastle paid around £15 million for Wijnaldum a year ago, but with claims the Magpies are in no financial trouble considering their relegation the club will stand firm until they receive a £10 profit.
Serie A giants Roma are salso aid to be interested in Wijnaldum as they look to fill a hole in their squad which Miralem Pjanic left, Koeman also has his former club Southampton in the race for the Dutch International.
The 25-year-old’s agent Humphrey Nijman last week played down rumors that he was in advanced talks with Roma, saying: “There has been no progress in negotiations. There is no new news.”
Everton and Southampton have both scouted Wijnaldum in recent months with the pair ready to rival each other to secure his signature.