Tottenham are going about their transfer business in a timely fashion, already picking up two players in Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen to fill previously gaping gaps in the squad.
Yet it wouldn’t really feel like summer if there wasn’t one lengthy will-they-won’t-they transfer saga to get out teeth into. It was the West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino who was the object of our affections this time last year, but his club’s valuation ultimately proved too much and Spurs failed to get a deal done.
This year the target that proves elusive could be Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum. Reports claim that the relegated Magpies are holding out for a £25m fee for the attacking midfielder.
Despite Newcastle’s relegation, Wijnaldum had a successful season on an individual level, scoring 11 Premier League goals. He’d surely be a useful addition to the squad, but for £25m you’d be hoping to acquire a player that would be a guaranteed improvement on the first-choice team.
This looks like one that has the potential to run and run, unless the club choose to switch targets, with the Mainz midfielder Yunus Malli a more affordable alternative.