Gini Wijnaldum named on Newcastle bench as £25m Liverpool move edges closer

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Georginio Wijnaldum is again on Newcastle United's bench tonight – as talks continue over a proposed move to Liverpool.

The Newcastle United midfielder arrived with his team-mates at the Keepmoat Stadium for the friendly (7.45pm kick-off).

And the 25-year-old, initially not named on the official teamsheet, is among the substitutes along with Florian Thauvin.

Liverpool are in talks over a £25million move for Wijnaldum, who is keen to leave relegated Newcastle.

The 25-year-old came off the bench and scored in Saturday's 6-0 win over Dublin side Bohemian.

Meanwhile, United manager Rafa Benitez has handed a start to teenage forward Adam Armstrong, who has recovered from a thigh injury.

Gini Wijnaldum

Gini Wijnaldum

And striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has recovered from the ankle knock he suffered at Dalymount Park in time to play.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Sels; Janmaat, Mbemba, Lascelles (c), Anita; Shelvey, Colback; Ritchie, Armstrong, Aarons; Mitrovic. Subs: Darlow, Sterry, Dummett, Gamez, Hayden, Tiote, Saivet, Gouffran, Perez, Gayle, Thauvin, Wijnaldum.