Georginio Wijnaldum is not interested in a return to Newcastle United this month, according to Football Insider.
What’s the latest Newcastle United transfer news?
Obviously, much of the focus at the moment appears to be adding further recruits to the defensive side of things following the arrival of Kieran Trippier, as well as to the forward line after Callum Wilson’s injury.
Still, the lack of options in midfield has been criticised before and only Joe Willock has been purchased in that department since the 2017 signing of Mikel Merino. To that end, Wijnaldum – reportedly unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain – had been touted as a potential target.
According to the report, the PIF ownership had made contact over a potential move, which follows another blow in their pursuit of Lille defender Sven Botman.
Why does Wijnaldum not want to return to Newcastle?
Clearly, it doesn’t exactly take a genius to suggest that playing for PSG alongside the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi with the chance of lifting both Ligue 1 and the Champions League at the end of the season is more attractive than fighting relegation with Newcastle.
While the Dutch international, who left St James’ Park in 2016 following relegation, has previously hinted he’s not exactly enjoying life in the French capital, he is not thought to be willing to battle the drop again.
Still, the 31-year-old may be keen on leaving for another top flight English club during the January transfer window.
What had been said about Wijnaldum and Newcastle?
Speaking on his Twitch channel (via HITC) in December, pundit Fabrice Muamba said: “He’s a former Newcastle player who did very well. If Newcastle go out there and put that money on the table they could get him, it’s down to him and if he wants to come and help the Geordie fans and the team to get back to where they’re supposed to be. Georginio Wijnaldum would be a great fit for this Newcastle team, he’s played at St James’ Park and they loved him there.”