Newcastle bring in Netherlands midfielder Wijnaldum

LONDON: Newcastle United have completed the signing of Netherlands playmaker Georginio Wijnaldum from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, the Premier League club announced on Saturday.

Wijnaldum arrives at St James Park on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee though Newcastle said it represented their third highest transfer fee after deals involving former England forwards Michael Owen and Alan Shearer.

The 24-year-old made 152 appearance, scoring 56 goals, for PSV following his arrival from Feyenoord in 2011 and captained the club to the Dutch title in 2015.

"I'm delighted to be a Newcastle United player," he told the club's official website (

"I felt the time was right for me to move and the club have shown they really want me, so I'm very happy to be here.

"I know the club has a great stadium with great fans. I want to play here as soon as possible. I want to feel the atmosphere and feel the crowd. I cannot wait to get started."

Wijnaldum has won 19 caps for Netherlands and scored their final goal in a 3-0 victory against Brazil in the third-place playoff at last year's World Cup.

Newcastle narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League last season following an end-of-season slump and have struggled without a creative midfielder since the departure of Yohan Cabaye in January 2014.

Wijnaldum becomes new manager Steve McLaren's first close-season signing.

"This signing is a real statement from the club. It is a big transfer for a very good player and I am delighted to have (him) here," McLaren said.

"He has lots of energy and a great tempo to his game. He is very skilful but is also capable of playing box-to-box, and importantly he can score goals."

PSV also lost winger Memphis Depay this close-season after the 21-year-old Netherlands international joined Manchester United.