Liverpool Football Club have agreed a £25 million fee to sign Georginio Wijnaldum for Newcastle, according to Sky Sports

The Dutch midfielder was being monitored by Tottenham last week only for the Londoners to pull out of the race when they learnt of Newcastle’s large asking price.

Wijnaldum finished last season as the club’s leading goalscorer with 11 goals. Liverpool have agreed to sign the midfielder and it wouldn’t appear as though Lucas Leiva is going to be used as makeweight which is superb news. Jürgen Klopp has made it his prerogative to sign midfielders and so for Lucas to depart in order to sign one it would be somewhat contradictory.

That being said Liverpool has accepted a bid from Stoke City for Joe Allen worth around £13 million. Sky Sports broke the news last night during Liverpool’s pre-season friendly against Huddersfield Town.

Joe Allen’s stock rose significantly during the European Championships in France with the Welshman putting in a string of highly impressive performances for his country in central midfield.

However, the lack of regular midfield starts for Liverpool has seen Allen grow restless and for the last few months there have been constant links taking Allen to wonderful and mysterious destinations. He was even linked with a move to sunny Spain, with it being reported that Sevilla were interested.

The Welshman, contrary to popular belief is not a bad player. He was given a bad rap due to Brendan Rodgers preference of him but by all accounts he is a very good and composed midfielder. I wish him well should he leave for Stoke.

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