Much like Moussa Sissoko, it’s been little secret that Georginio Wijnaldum was looking to stay in the Premier League — and that opportunity has now presented itself, with Liverpool’s bid for the midfielder being accepted Thursday.
Per Sky Sports, the deal is worth roughly £25m.
Even with the rumors, Wijnaldum played in Newcastle’s fixture against Doncaster Rovers Wednesday night, something Rafael Benitez said would happen until ink hit the paper.
"He is still our player and that means he has to be ready for us,” Benitez said following the 2-2 draw. "If something happens [with Liverpool], we will know in some days. But until something changes, we will continue training and working with him, and we will continue playing him in the games."
The Netherlands international will take part in a two-day medical sometime in the next few days.
While with Tyneside, the 25-year-old appeared in 38 Premier League matches, scoring 11 goals.
While one door shut, another opened, as the Magpies bolstered a much-depleted back line with the addition of Grant Hanley from Championship counterpart Blackburn.
The Scotland international’s deal is for five years.
The 24-year-old has 200 caps across all competition for Blackburn in his career, and his arrival marks the sixth signing by Benitez so far this summer (Jesus Gamez, Isaac Hayden, Matz Sels, Dwight Gayle and Mat Ritchie).
Said Benitez via the Newcastle official website, "It was clear that we needed another central defender and we were seeking someone with good experience in the Championship.
"Grant is a young player with a lot of ambition to improve and keep growing with us. He is also a strong defender, fast and with personality, a player that surely will increase competitiveness in his position."
He scored two goals and added two assists in his 2015-16 Championship campaign. He was the recipient of eight yellow cards and one red, while putting together a 68.9 pass success percentage.
"I'm over the moon and delighted to be here,” Hanley said. "It is a fantastic opportunity to come and play at such a big club and one that I couldn't turn down.
"It is an exciting step in my career but it doesn't stop there. This is just the start and I am looking forward to helping Newcastle get back into the Premier League."