Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has admitted he may struggle to keep hold of Georginio Wijnaldum amid reported interest from Tottenham.
The Dutch star was tipped to leave St James’ Park this summer following the club’s relegation down to the Championship but the Magpies apparently want £25million for the 25-year-old.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is monitoring the former PSV Endhoven man and may be prepared to make a bid as he looks to strengthen his squad ahead of the new campaign.
Benitez says he would ideally like to keep Wijnaldum and France international Moussa Sissoko, following his impressive displays for France at Euro 2016, but knows there will be interest in the duo this summer.
“Our idea is to keep these players, if it’s possible. But we know how football is now and the market and agents,” he told reporters.
“Gini has trained really well, and I’m very happy with him. And Moussa, I rate him very highly. He was very good for us at the end of the season and in the Euros.
“We know what is going on. A lot of people will be asking for them, but, at the moment, we will see if they can stay and improve the team.
“It not, we will find the best solution for the team.”