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Tottenham to complete move for superstar this summer

Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum will reportedly plead with his club to let him complete his transfer move to Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

According to Daily Mirror, Spurs are interested in securing the Dutch international, who was one of a few bright sparks in the Newcastle’s disastrous 2015-16 season. However, the Championship team’s valuation is reportedly too unreasonable for a deal to be completed.

The report adds that the Spurs do not intend to meet the relegated Magpies' £25 million asking price, having noted the club landed Wijnaldum for just £14.5 million last summer from PSV Eindhoven. It’s suggested the player is very keen on a move to White Hart Lane.

It was reported by Nei Moxley of the Sunday People via the Mirror that Spurs had joined both Everton and Liverpool in the race for the Dutchman.

Statistically, the Dutch playmaker was specifically impressive while on home soil last season. It is shown by OptaJoe here:
It’s obvious to see why the Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was extremely interested in bringing the Dutchman to White Hart Lane. When at his best, he is energetic and effective in the final third of the season and can perform well in a variety of different roles on the field. Alongside better players, he has the technical quality to have even more of an impact.

While there were bright moments in his debut season in English football, there are areas he needs to refine. Most importantly, Wijnaldum didn’t always show an appetite for the physical side of the game, something that perhaps explains his poor return in terms of goals away from home.

The Spurs manager will feel as though he’s capable of adding a tougher streak to the player’s makeup, something the Argentinian has acheived with the likes of Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen during his time at Spurs.

It’s a deal that’s unlikely to come to fruition unless Newcastle relax their stance in terms of the size of the transfer fee, though.  

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