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Newcastle United have learned their chances of landing Gini Winjaldum on loan in January amid reports that the midfielder’s representatives are trying to manufacture a move away from PSG. The former Liverpool fan favourite has struggled to establish himself at the centre of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans this campaign, despite a high-profile transfer last summer.
By and large, Wijnaldum has failed to hit the ground running at the Parc des Princes.
Much of that can be attributed to a lack of game time, however, as the 31-year-old has regularly been required to make an impression from the bench.
PSG have lost just once in Ligue 1 all season, so Pochettino has little incentive to change things around as his side cruise towards another domestic title.
But Wijnaldum has been left in limbo as a result, and 90min claim that the player’s representatives have sounded out several European clubs with a view to a January loan move.
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Premier League sides were touted as the most likely to shoulder the bulk or all of the Dutchman’s significant wage, and perhaps none could do so more comfortably than the Magpies.
Having been taken over by the mega-wealthy Saudi Public Investment Fund earlier this season, January marks the beginning of a hotly-anticipated spending spree on Tyneside.
But according to transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, prospects of Wijnaldum moving to St James’ Park, or indeed anywhere over the coming weeks, are slim.
“The player is still focused on fighting for PSG, so I think he’s not going to leave in a short term range, he will try to fight for his place and to change the situation,” he told Anfield Watch.
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“Of course he was used to being a key player for Liverpool. So it’s not easy for him to be sometimes on the bench in the rotation of the team.
“Let’s see what is going to happen but at the moment he is focused on PSG.
“Let’s see if the situation will change but at the moment there is really nothing. I don’t think he’s going to be something for January.”
Newcastle may be discouraged by such news in light of the stellar but Wijnaldum enjoyed a fruitful, if brief, spell with the club in the 2015/16 season.
His 11-goal Premier League haul was enough to spur Liverpool into action, drafting in the former PSV man where he became a mainstay in Jurgen Klopp’s side for five seasons.
Such an industrious and reliable player could be exactly what Newcastle require this January as they battle to avoid relegation.
Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier is widely expected to become the first signing overseen by their new ownership, and many more are believed to be in the pipeline.
FFP regulations are set to permit a £200million transfer spend over the next three years, and although co-owner Amanda Staveley has cited the need to spread that money over several windows, failing to recruit well over the coming weeks could see Newcastle drop down to the Championship next season.
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