No go for Sissoko

Deal denied by Pardew
Press here in the UK was filled with news regarding potential incoming transfers yesterday when news emerged that Newcastle had beat off interest from Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham to secure the services of 23-year-old Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

Sissoko will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with prospective new clubs in January as his current deal with Toulouse is set to expire at the end of the season.

Interest in the the French international will no doubt be high as the player is rated highly within the game. He’s been compared to some of best players to have played in his position in recent years, with some likening him to a Patrick Viera or Michael Essien type of player.

However any news of a move appeared to be short-lived as soon as Alan Pardew got wind of it and revealed to the press that the signing was “news to him”, which makes me wonder….

Quite a lot of transfer dealings are “news” to Alan Pardew, at least in public anyway. Perhaps the most notable comparison is the deal which saw Romain Amalfitano arrive at Newcastle last summer in a deal that was pretty much on the same terms of a pre-contract agreement. For months all parties denied the move until it was decided to release the details officially.

Whether that is the case here I honestly don’t know, but it would be a cracking signing if Newcastle were trying to pull another rabbit out of the hat. Toulouse once slapped a €30 million release clause on the head of Sissoko although admittedly that was over three years ago when the likes of Manchester City, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich expressed interest in the player.

Looking at it from an NUFC perspective though it would seem to be a deal that would tick all the boxes of our transfer policy. Sissoko is the right age, can still develop, is highly rated, and wouldn’t require a huge outlay up front in terms of transfer fee at least. Also I dare say that our scouting team has already watched the lad, whether directly or indirectly, so we’ll no doubt know all about him.

The only problem I can see, if any deal did materialise obviously, is that we would be strengthening an area of the pitch that is already strong. In central midfield we have a fair few options ranging from Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote to James Perch, Gael Bigirimana and Vurnon Anita so I’d expect us to lose one of them, probably one of the first two, for a large fee and replace him with someone like Sissoko if, and it is a big IF, this deal was in the pipeline.

That’s the aim of our policy isn’t it?

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20 thoughts on “No go for Sissoko

  1. Guys, this will definitely happen…Well, maybe not definitely, but I am 75% sure this will happen.

    Of course we are going to deny tapping him up as we aren’t allowed to speak to him until Jan.

    Hence that Douglas reporter on Twitter claiming that their is no agreement, but we ARE interested.

    Just look at it. This is typical Mike Ashley business. Exploit another loophole, secure a highly rated, young player and then make a profit on him in the future.

    This will also pave the way for Tiote to be sold in the Summer and the £15million or so we receive for him being reinvested into other areas of the squad.


  2. The Kid….or we could be paying a small fee for him in Jan to avoid losing out to other clubs who’d like him on a free, therefore we could talk to him now with the permission of Toulouse of course and sign him in the next window 😉 …or it’s more tabloid crap 😕


  3. I think with every transfer rumor you need to take it with a large pinch of salt , I read that Cisse is off to Spurs or Liverpool in Jan!


  4. nee doubt hes a canny player,but how many m/f players do we want(unless some to go) wheres a c/h and striker we need imo 🙁


  5. Ice, don’t mention centre half’s mate, you will get Big Dave all fired up and he will bang on about my mate Dekka 🙂 🙂


  6. “MOUSSA Sissoko’s set for talks with Newcastle United in the New Year – after being sold on the club by Yohan Cabaye.”

    Plot thickens.


  7. Time to get the french lads on a plane to talk him in to signing 😉

    I’d sell Tiote if we got him and some dollar to buy a few more players.


  8. The kid – Cabaye sold the club to Debuchy as well mate…. hope he’s not on commission 😆

    I seriously hope we land Sissoko either for a small fee in Jan or free in the summer. He’s a quality player and would definitely improve our 1st team nevermind our squad.
    My main concern would be he may be looking for Champions League football.

    I want to see us really have a good look at our squad as I said yesterday. Clear out players who don’t seem to have a future with us or who aren’t really challenging the first team.
    This would allow more room in our squad for new signings, free transfers and young players coming through the ranks.

    On Tiote – I agree with The Kid. I don’t think its unrealistic to expect a fee of around £15m for Tiote.


  9. A good thing about this lad is that he isn’t completely defensive minded. Cabaye does not have much competition for his spot as the more attacking minded of our CMs. Gosling just does not have the quality, and afraid he never will, at least not here


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