Georginio Wijnaldum completes Newcastle deal

Newcastle United have completed the signing of PSV Eindhoven’s Georginio Wijnaldum for a fee of £14.5 million.

The Dutch midfielder is the first signing for new manager Steve McClaren, and the most expensive transfer during the eight-year tenure of owner Mike Ashley.

Speaking about the move, Wijnaldum, 24, said:

“I’m delighted to be a Newcastle United player. I felt the time was right for me to move and the club have shown they really want me.”

Wijnaldum went on to speak about fitting into the club, noting that the club already has a number of Dutch internationals, and felt confident they could help him fit into his new side.

Wijnaldum comes to Newcastle after eight seasons in the Eredivisie, making over 100 appearances each for both Feyenoord and PSV.

This past season for PSV, Wijnaldum was responsible for 14 goals and 3 assists in league games, earning the Dutch Football of the Year award as he helped his side win the Eredivisie.

The 24-year-old has also begun to make a name for himself on the Dutch national team, scoring a goal in the 2014 World Cup third place game against Brazil.