first_img1 PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum Newcastle United have landed PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum on a five-year deal.The Dutch World Cup star is the Magpies’ first signing of the summer and, according to Newcastle, is the club’s third highest transfer fee behind Alan Shearer and Michael Owen.“I’m delighted to be a Newcastle United player,” said Wijnaldum. “I felt the time was right for me to move and the club have shown they really want me, so I’m very happy to be here.“There’s a few players here who are from Holland – I know them well and they will help me feel at home in Newcastle.“I know the club has a great stadium with great fans. I want to play here as soon as possible – I want to feel the atmosphere and hear the crowd. I cannot wait to get started.”Steve McClaren added: “This signing is a real statement for the club. It is a big transfer for a very good player and I am delighted to have Gini here at the club.“He has lots of energy and a great tempo to his game. He is very skillful but is also capable of playing box-to-box, and – importantly – he can score goals.“He is at the right age and the right fit for Newcastle. He is a leader as well and you will see that. He is someone who always wants the ball, can deal with it, and we need that kind of character in the team.”last_img

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