“But the financial situation was known by the club, his position was ultimately less of a priority than, for example, the right-back or the striker position.”
As well as Wijnaldum, Koeman is eyeing former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, who is expected to leave Lyon at the end of his contract.
“We wanted Memphis because he is a great player and because he has qualities that we lacked in my opinion: especially depth in our attack,” Koeman added.
“[Trying to sign him in January] is certainly a possibility, yes. I will try, because I would like to have him here. But I cannot estimate now what the financial situation of the club is like in January.”