Gini Wijnaldum due on Merseyside as Liverpool close in on deal for Newcastle midfielder

Georginio Wijnaldum
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Liverpool are close to signing £25million-rated Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

Wijnaldum is keen on a move to Anfield and the 25-year-old is expected to travel to Merseyside ahead of a deal being finalised.

The Holland international wants to leave Newcastle in the wake of the club's relegation from the Premier League.

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Tottenham Hotspur are also keen on Wijnaldum, but the odds are now on him moving to Liverpool.

Wijnaldum came off the bench and scored in Saturday's 6-0 win over Bohemian in Dublin.

Asked about transfers after the match, United manager Rafa Benitez said: "We maybe have to sell some players if we have the right offers, but that's always normal."

United are looking for £25million for Wijnaldum, though it is not clear just how much Liverpool have offered for him.

However, it would take a bid in excess of £20million to persuade Newcastle to sell Wijnaldum, signed from title-winning PSV Eindhoven last summer for £14.5million.

Wijnaldum scored 11 goals last season and ended the campaign as the club's top scorer.