Liverpool have emerged as the clear favourites with bookmakers to sign sought-after Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.
SkyBet make the Reds the 1/3 frontrunners to give the Netherlands international a Premier League reprieve after Newcastle’s relegation.
A report in the Shields Gazette on Monday claimed that the 25-year-old was due on Merseyside this week to finalise his transfer to Anfield.
Tottenham Hotspur had previously been leading the race to sign the Dutchman, who scored 11 league goals in his debut English campaign.
But it seems that Tottenham’s interest in Marseille winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou has seen them drift in the Wijnaldum stakes, with SkyBet now quoting them at 6/1.
Liverpool’s local rivals Everton are marginally preferred to Spurs in the market at 11/2, with new Toffees manager Ronald Koeman said to be keen to link up with his compatriot.
He is 6/1 to stay at St James’ Park. It seems unlikely that a player of Wijnaldum’s calibre would stay in the Championship, but Newcastle’s reported £25m asking price could be a stumbling block.
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