Miles Starforth analysis: Gini Wijnaldum craved Liverpool, not Doncaster

Isaac Hayden scores Newcastle's first goal
Isaac Hayden scores Newcastle's first goal

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will have to wait to see what happens,” said Benitez.

Rovers'  Andy Williams slots home from the spot past Newcastle keeper Matz Sels

Rovers' Andy Williams slots home from the spot past Newcastle keeper Matz Sels

“He is still our player and that means he has to be ready for us. If something happens (with Liverpool), we will now in some days.

“But until something changes, we will continue training and working with him, and we will continue playing him in the games.”

Wijnaldum is understood to be keen to join Liverpool, who are set to embark on a pre-season tour of the USA.

Meanwhile, Hanley yesterday arrived on Tyneside after Blackburn accepted a £5.5million bid from United.

Newcastle's Aleksandar Mitrovic has a shot at goal

Newcastle's Aleksandar Mitrovic has a shot at goal

And the 24-year-old will today undergo a medical ahead of a move to St James’s Park.

Asked about the proposed deal, Benitez said: “It looks like it could be close, but we still have to wait, because in football you always have to finalise things.

“At the moment, it is still a case of waiting with him.”

Hanley, should the deal go through, will become the club’s sixth summer signing, joining Matz Sels, Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Isaac Hayden and Jesus Gamez on Tyneside.

Adam Armstrong has a shot on goal

Adam Armstrong has a shot on goal