Liverpool have been linked to central midfielders throughout Europe this summer, as Jürgen Klopp is expected to boost the backbone of his side before the end of the transfer window.
But unlike under previous regimes when leaks would reveal exactly what the club was up to, there's been a level of mysteriousness to recent transfer business.
So after months of Piotr Zieliński and Mahmoud Dahoud links, it should be no surprise that Liverpool are suddenly in the running for a midfielder no one had expected Klopp to chase.
The Reds are now "confident" that they can strike a deal to purchase Newcastle's Georginio Wijnaldum this week, according to The Telegraph.
Just one year removed from a £14.5 million deal that brought him to the Premier League from PSV, the 25-year-old midfielder is now valued at about £20 million.
Wijnaldum is not the industrious holding midfielder many thought Liverpool were after, but he possesses qualities that make him an intriguing potential addition to the team. He's two-footed, pacey and has the creativity to break a defense down on his own.
With an abundance of attacking midfield options, his questionable fit in a double pivot presents questions about where he would be deployed. Still, he's a Premier League caliber player with enough skill to be an asset for the Reds in the right role. And if Klopp believes he can use his obvious talent effectively, it's hard to disagree.