Tottenham Hotspur have identified Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum as a target in the summer transfer window. He moved to St James' Park from PSV Eindhoven last summer and has been impressive for the Tyneside club, scoring 11 goals and registering five assists in the Premier League in the 2015/16 season.
The Dutch international's efforts were not sufficient in helping the Magpies avoid relegation. According to The Telegraph, the north London club's manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking to bring in an attacking midfielder in the current transfer window.
Wijnaldum has emerged as one of the targets in that position as the Argentine coach looks to bolster his squad for the next season. Tottenham have already completed a deal in signing Victor Wanyama from Southampton and the Kenyan international's addition will strengthen the defensive midfield position.
Newcastle were relegated to the Championship after finishing 18th in the Premier League table. The 25-year-old Dutchman has already expressed his desire to play in England's top flight club competition, which has raised concerns over his long-term future with his current employers.
"Of course I want to play at as high level as possible, in the Premier League, with a beautiful club – but not everything always goes the way you want. I will see what happens," Wijnaldum explained, as quoted by The Telegraph.
Pochettino is looking to offload Nacer Chadli or Son Heung-min and Tottenham are ready to listen to offers this summer. Son was signed last summer and has failed to impress in his debut season, which has clouded his future at White Hart Lane.
Should Chadli or Son leave Tottenham, Wijnaldum can take their place in the squad. The same report also claims that Tottenham are set to seal a deal for Vincent Janssen after the Premier League outfit are ready to meet AZ Alkmaar's £17m ($21.9m) asking price.