Georginio Wijnaldum plundered four goals as Newcastle United thrashed Norwich City 6-2 at St James’ Park on Sunday to belatedly claim their first win of the Premier League season. Wijnaldum was a member of the Holland team that had failed to qualify for Euro 2016 earlier in the week, but he shrugged off the disappointment with a brilliant quadruple that eased some of the pressure on Newcastle manager Steve McClaren. Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic also found the net, while Moussa Sissoko played his part with four assists, as Newcastle secured a league victory at the ninth attempt ahead of next weekend’s trip to northeast derby rivals Sunderland, who replaced them at the foot of the table. “I thought the front four were excellent, especially ‘Gini’,” said McClaren. “I’m so pleased for everyone at the club. We’ve had to be patient, the fans especially.” Wijnaldum told Sky Sports: “Of course we needed the win. We played a few games when we […]

PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has joined Newcastle on a five-year deal for a fee reportedly worth around 20 million euros (£14.4million), the club announced Saturday. The 24-year-old Holland international becomes Newcastle’s third most expensive signing of all time after Michael Owen and Alan Shearer. Wijnaldum, who joins compatriots Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Vurnon Anita and Siem de Jong at St James’ Park, said: “There are a few players here who are from Holland – I know them well and they will help me feel at home in Newcastle. “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 hear the crowd. I cannot wait to get started.” Wijnaldum’s arrival is a major boost to head coach Steve McClaren, who insisted on Thursday that he was not frustrated by the apparent lack of action in the transfer market. McClaren said: “This signing […]