By Graeme Bailey Follow on Twitter
Wijnaldum was high on Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat's list of summer targets, but despite the manager's hard work behind the scenes he has been unable to convince his countryman that moving to the Stadium of Light would be the right move.
However, Newcastle have now launched their own bid and, with PSV listening to offers for their skipper, are hopeful of sealing a deal as they look to make their first transfer breakthrough of the summer.
Newcastle have moves for Charlie Austin, Florian Thauvin and Joel Matip in the pipeline, and with the club confident of bringing in all three, they are also pressing ahead with a number of other targets and Wijnaldum is now the most advanced.
A source confirmed to Goal: "No deals are done yet, but a number are moving on and the club are confident of getting some new faces in very soon."
Chief talent spotter Graham Carr is renowned for his work in France, but he also boasts excellent Dutch contacts which led to the capture of Siem De Jong last summer.
Steve McClaren has given his approval to all the approaches made thus far but he is particularly keen on Wijnaldum having seen him in close quarters during his time in charge of Twente.