Journalist claims Benitez is NOT interested in ex-NUFC star – despite news of a surprise offer

According to Lee Ryder, Newcastle United have NOT made an offer to re-sign Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum – with Benitez focusing on a deal to sign a new striker instead.

With Fenerbahce interested in signing the Dutchman, Turkish reports claimed yesterday that Newcastle had ‘made an offer’ to bring the midfielder back to St James’ Park – however the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder has confirmed this is wide of the mark.

It’s no surprise really. Rafa may have reluctantly let him leave after our relegation two years ago, but this just never seemed like a deal we’d pursue or even be able to pull off – even if he is ‘unsettled’ following the arrivals of midfield duo Fabinho and Keita at Anfield.

Here’s a snippet from his latest piece in the Chronicle, clearing up rumours of our alleged bid:

“Newcastle United have not made a move for Dutch international Georginio Wijnaldum – despite reports in Turkey linking them with the former Toon star.

“It is understood that there has been no approach from United to bring him back to Tyneside at this stage and Benitez is focusing on bringing in a centre-forward.”

He was sold for £25m and will cost in excess of that now after a quietly impressive few years at Liverpool so, even if we did want him, I highly doubt we’d be able to finance a move – especially when we’re struggling to shell out money on a much needed striker as it is.

I look forward to us being linked with a move for Moussa Sissoko tomorrow..

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Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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