Liverpool and Newcastle have agreed a fee in the region of £25m for Dutch midfielder Georgino Wijanldum.
The Merseyside club had been interested in the 25-year-old for some time, and it is believed that Jurgen Klopp decided to officially sanction the transfer, once it became clear that Reds midfielder Joe Allen would be departing Anfield, after Stoke had a £13m bid accepted for the Welshman.
Wijnaldum, who joined Newcastle for £14.5m last season, was also wanted by other Premier League clubs, including Spurs and Everton, but both sides were said to be put off by Newcastle’s valuation of the player.
The Telegraph reports that the Dutchman will fly out to the USA today, in order to join his new club for their pre-season tour.
Whilst there is no doubting that Wijnaldum is Premier League quality, the Reds currently boast an abundance of talent in the attacking midfield department, leaving Jurgen Klopp with a number of key tactical decisions to make.
Adam Lallana, Roberto Firminho, Phillipe Coutinho, and new signing Sadio Mane can all play as attacking midfielders, and if Liverpool now go on and complete the Wijnaldum deal, then Liverpool’s German boss may look to alter his tactics ahead of the new season.
It is also believed that the signing of Georgino Wijanldum would not necessarily be the end of Liverpool’s transfer business this summer, with the club reportedly interested in the Dutchman’s Newcastle teammate Moussa Sissoko, who is believed to be available for around £35m.