What Ronald Koeman's move to Everton may mean for Newcastle's transfer business

Everton today confirmed Ronald Koeman as their new manager '“ and it could have an effect on Newcastle United's transfer business.

Georginio Wijnaldum
Georginio Wijnaldum

The Dutchman has signed a three-year deal after the Toffees paid £5million to release him – and also his brother and assistant manager Erwin and fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg – from the final year of his contract at Southampton.

And one of Koeman’s first jobs as Everton boss could be to make a move for Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

Everton and Southampton scouts watched Wijnaldum in action for Holland against Austria earlier this month, with Koeman a big fan of his fellow Dutchman.

Wijnaldum scored in the game, and is one of the Magpies players most strongly linked with a move this summer after their relegation to the Championship.

He said: “Of course I want to play at as high a level as possible, in the Premier League, with a beautiful club – but not everything always goes the way you want. I will see what happens.”

Wijnaldum has also been linked with a move to Serie A, with Roma, Lazio and Napoli credited with an interest in the attacking midfielder.

However, reports in Italy suggest Newcastle have slapped a £30million price tag on the 25-year-old, who cost £14.5million last summer when he joined from PSV Eindhoven.

Wijnaldum scored 11 goals to finish as the club’s top scorer.