Tottenham have joined Liverpool and Everton in the race for Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and believe that they are favourites for his signature as they can offer a host of players in exchange, something the Magpies are willing to consider. The midfielder is expected to be made available for a fee in the range of £30m ($39m) or in a player plus cash deal, with Liverpool offering Jordon Ibe to move to St James' Park in exchange for the Dutch international.
The Sunday People reports that Newcastle were initially looking to shell out around £25m ($32m) for Wijnaldum but Bournemouth's straight cash offer for the player has led them to raise their valuation. The 25-year-old has scored 11 goals in the league season and assisted five, a brilliant return for a player in only his first season in the Premier League.
Tottenham have already signed a midfielder in the form of Victor Wanyama from Southampton but are in the market for more reinforcements, especially with the north London club also involved in the Champions League for the coming season. They have all but completed a deal for AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen, with the striker confirming that he is on his way to White Hart Lane. He will provide back-up for Harry Kane, who will need some rest after being involved in almost every game in the league last season, scoring 25 goals, more than any other player.
Liverpool have also been busy in the market, signing Sadio Mane from Southampton to bolster their attack and are to make a few more additions before the season opens on Saturday, 13 August against Arsenal at the Emirates. However, Jurgen Klopp, who signed a new long-term deal at Anfield, revealed that he needs to trim his squad before making any more additions.
"All the players who came back from loans are in the squad for the moment, but we have to see. My job is to give them the best training that I can, and at the end we have to make decisions. We have 38 players at the moment, and that is 100% too much!" Klopp said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
"We have to take some decisions, but you can be sure that if a team takes a player from us, they will have had two or three weeks of really hard and intensive training in their legs, and are as fit as they possibly can be."