Sunderland are NOT interested in signing Holland star Georginio Wijnaldum – opening the door for a potential Newcastle move.
The Black Cats were yesterday reported to have made an £11million bid for the PSV Eindhoven star.
But the Gazette understands Sunderland have NO interest in the playmaker – though they will continue to monitor the Dutch market under boss Dick Advocaat.
While Wijnaldum won’t be coming to Wearside, Newcastle remain interested in bringing him to Tyneside this summer.
Head coach Steve McClaren and scout Graham Carr are keeping tabs on the midfielder, who skippered PSV to the Dutch title last season.
The 24-year-old scored 14 Eredivisie goals last season as PSV cruised to the championship.
Signing a striker and a centre-half remain Newcastle’s priorities in the transfer market this summer, but they also want to add some creativity to their midfield.
Wijnaldum, who played and scored for the Netherlands at last year’s World Cup, is captain at PSV, where he played under Advocaat in the 2011-12 season.
Meanwhile, Newcastle’s striker hunt remains a work in progress, with Wolfsburg frontman Bas Dost and QPR’s Charlie Austin still at the top of their shortlist.
Austin is first choice, amid reports that West Ham United, Southampton and Crystal Palace have also shown an interest in him.
But even if Newcastle sign Austin, they want to add another forward to their ranks, and a £9million move for Dost is understood to be in the pipeline after he impressed for Wolfsburg as they finished second in the Bundisliga.
However, Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking has warned the 26 year-old – who bagged 20 goals last season – against joining the Magpies.
“Why should he go to Newcastle?” asked Hecking. “He can play Champions League with us. He won’t be able to do that at Newcastle in the upcoming years.
“We don’t want to sell anybody.”
“If he stays he will score more goals than last season,”
Newcastle’s striker search has cast doubts over the future of Papiss Demba Cisse, but last season’s top scorer has vowed to fight for his place at the club.
Cisse struck 11 times last season, despite missing much of the campaign through injury and suspension.
he said: “I’m here, I’m at Newcastle and I have one and a half (years left on my) contract.
“I am a Newcastle striker. I just think about my holiday and when I go back to Newcastle I will try to work hard and try to make the team.”