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Liverpool hero Gini Wijnaldum is apparently open to the idea of moving to Tottenham this month, despite “growing up an Arsenal supporter.” Wijnaldum signed for Paris Saint-Germain last summer but has failed to hold down a regular starting place in the French capital.
Tottenham are keen to bolster their ranks this month as they look to launch an assault on the top four.
Wolves winger Adama Traore is apparently close to moving to north London, while Spurs are also reportedly keen on Weston McKennie and Franck Kessie.
Boss Antonio Conte is also keen to ship players out of the club, with Dele Alli and Tanguy Ndombele both being linked with PSG.
And if either player does decide to move to France, there are suggestions that Wijnaldum could move in the opposite direction.
According to 90 Min, the Netherlands international’s representatives have been in touch with Tottenham to inform them that their player is willing to move back to England.
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But that could raise eyebrows as Sky Sports revealed last week that he had grown up supporting the Gunners.
Along with Manchester United, Arsenal were dominating the Premier League during Wijnaldum’s childhood.
The ace would have been seven years old when Arsenal won the Premier League for the first time in 1998.
And he would have been 13 when Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles went the whole of the 2003/04 campaign without losing a single game.
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Wijnaldum quit Liverpool last summer after winning the Champions League in 2019 as well as the Club World Cup and Premier League in 2021.
But it hasn’t worked out for him in France so far and he appears unwilling to bide his time for an opportunity.
Wijnaldum has also been linked with other Premier League clubs. And former Liverpool striker Ian Rush thinks the midfielder could join Arsenal or Newcastle.
“He’s an experienced midfielder and became a really valuable player in [Jurgen] Klopp’s Liverpool side,” Rush said earlier this month.
“I had hoped he would stay at the club beyond last summer. In hindsight, it looks as though he would have been better off staying at Liverpool.
“But he chose to take up the offer from Paris Saint-Germain. And, as we see all too often, the grass is not always greener on the other side.
“He’s not playing regularly in Paris but he’d definitely get more game time at Arsenal. They could use a bit of experience to complement what is already a good but young side.
“They could face some competition from Gini’s old club Newcastle though, who have a new-found wealth – and a lot of football decisions come down to money these days.”
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