Newcastle Reportedly After Young French Midfielder

There are reports today that Toulouse FC have turned down an approach from Newcastle United for their midfield star youngster Moussa Sissoko.

Moussa Sissoko – 19 year-old combative midfielder

Apparently Football Director Dennis Wise has made an approach for the 19-year-old French youngster, who has already been called up for the French Under-21 side.

The youngster stands just under 6’2″ and has already played for the Toulouse first team 41 times, and appeared 4 times for the French Under-21 side, and his CV looks very good.
Newcastle are understood to have been impressed with Sissoko, and Liverpool and Bolton also scouted the youngster during his days in Toulouse’s youth side, where he was a stand-out.

Sissoko only made his debut last year, but is now a regular in the first team, and Moussa made his European debut in a Champions League third qualifying round first leg on 15 August 2007 against Liverpool.

Now Newcastle are believed to have asked Toulouse how much they want for the player, but Toulouse are reported to want a huge figure to even consider letting him leave. Where have we heard that before?

The fact that Toulouse are not keen to sell will not put Newcastle off, although Sissoko is probably one for the future, but we also know that another young Frenchman, Sebastien Bassong, has made a big impact on Tyneside since arriving in the summer.

We don’t know if this report is true, but we hope it is.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Spyro

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #1

    I just read that Utaka believes Distin is faster than Martins. Honestly, some of the things a player will say to boost a team mates confidence before a game are hilarious.

  • Sim

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Could be perfect to bolster our midfield options.

  • HeronMag

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #3

    I reckon this rumour might be true in two parts.
    1. That Newcastle have scouted this lad – he’s young and full of promise – exactly the type of player were looking at.
    2. That we have been priced out of bidding for him.

    We heard of this lad during the summer and if he is as good as he’s supposed to be Toulouse won’t let him go for a price we can afford.

  • AO

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #4

    surely if all he wanted to do was boost distins confidence he would have just showed him some videos of newcastle this season. job done.

  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #5

    looks unfazed playing in an empty stadium.. could be a plus the way things are going. hope doc checks that wrist out proper. dont want any sick notes rocking the team boat…

  • Spyro

    Dec 12, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Anyone seen Mouyokolo play before? Apparently we have had scouts look at him.

  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #7

    ed, whats the crack with flirting students pop ups?

  • AO

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #8

    i have spyro! tell a lie. i only read a report on him. But isnt that the same as watching him spyro?

  • Spyro

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #9


    Mine started doing it yesterday, i would try and post a comment and it would all of a suddent take me to tht random teen page. Incredibly annoying. Sort it out Ed.

  • AO

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #10

    spyro- bet you clicked on it

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Never seen this guy properly, I vaguely remeber him 2 seasons ago in CL qualifier with Liverpool.

    However, he is a young defensive midfielder?

    Sign him up.

  • Little Willie

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #12

    I had the same problem too, you also get yieldfinder loading at the bottom of the screen when the page is loading up which is Malware.

    As for Distin, he probably is as fast as Martins over a long distance but he doesn’t have the acceleration over a short distance that Martins has.

    As for this young lad, there has been quite a few top young midfielders to come out of France and most have ended up at Arsenal, it would be good if we could get him.

  • Spyro

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #13


    As long as we are looking at the DM position i am happy. What was the name of that Dm you always rave on about? I want to check him out on IMS.

  • Spyro

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Little Willie

    Thinking about it, you are probably right about Distins long distance speed. After all, he is a long legged f****r isn’t he.

  • Toon Olly

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #15

    sounds good man, us having seba would probably be an incentive for the youngster?
    ive just properly come to terms with owen leaving now, ohwell, if he’s off he’s off. we NEED to replace him however, if not with someone of his quality (highly unlikely) then someone who will atleast step into the first team. wish we’d got bafetimbi gomis in the summer, reckon theres any chance of that happening now?
    we need 3 first team signings. lb, dm, st

  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #16

    He won’t come cheap but at 19 he’s one for the future as well as a cover this season for central midfield.

    At 6’2″ he give’s us much added height; so sign him up and let him learn his trade from Nicky Butt before Butt leaves at the end of the season….

  • All we are saaayyinnnng..Is give Xisco a chaaaannnccce!!

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #17

    This is casting my mind way back to when we first signed him, but I seem to remember that Distin was a professional sprinter for a brief period; he could very well be faster than Martins. Not that it makes a difference as Martins’ lack of awareness takes a good five yards off his pace anyway!

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Spyro – Mehmet Topal.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Dec 12, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #19

    I am for the next 3 weeks 40mins away from Toulouse, I have seen him play a few times on TV where he has been solid, but never seen him live, will try to get to a game this Christmas and will report back with my tip top scouting :p !

  • Tore Torell

    Dec 12, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #20

    For sure better than Butt, bring him in.

  • TheGoldfishBowl

    Dec 12, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Forget youngsters! We need players to keep us up! Why prepare for a future which may not happen if we are relegated? Any top youngster worth his salt wont want to play in the Championship, so would want to leave, I think

  • Piers

    Dec 12, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #22

    He is very good and exactly who we want to take over the aging Butt.

  • Tom

    Dec 12, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Sounds like the sort of player we need! 🙂

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 12, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #24

    i would pay 6 mil for him and 6 mil for a LB

  • nightfall

    Dec 12, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Turkish Magpie – there’s nothing wrong with our’s the center of our midfield where the problems are…

    ok…ashley bought the club..gave SA the chance…saw it wasn’t the right decision..sacked next TW he wanted to bring a manager in..he did..sadly it didn’t work out…next TW he focused on defenders..brought in colo and basso..great players…

    like robinho said: when building a team you must start from behind…first is GK..we’ve got those..then build a defence…we got those..then midfielders and then strikers…

    i just hope this TW will focus on midfielders…and on strikers in summer…then all we need is a manager with some logic and we’re good to go…

  • chuck

    Dec 12, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #26

    If he is anything like his former Liverpool namesake sign him.
    Looks like Dennis is doing a hell of a scouting job, eh!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 12, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #27


    wheres Enriques cover? or Enrique can be cover for a new signing, hows the defence sorted then? and who’s RB cover? Edgar? i think not

  • nightfall

    Dec 12, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #28

    yes edgar..why not..we also have tozer, kadar..i mean..bale (spurs) is 19, rafael (man utd) is 18,….why not play our youngsters..they’re class… i just think our midfield should be a priority…we receive so many golas, ‘cos opponents just walk through our midfield…thanks to butt, slow – motion geremi, ok..guthrie’s unexperienced…so only decent central midfielder is bartons, who’s either injured or in prison..

    getting a new defender is the last thing we should consider…

  • Partizan

    Dec 12, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Get Francesko Lodi from Empoli,i’ve been amazingly impressed with him for the last 2 seasons.Can play CM,AM,ST…..get him NOW cos Empoli will surely get promoted to Seria A and his price will be 5 times higher than now.

  • wsq

    Dec 12, 2008 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #30

    another candidate for racial abuse.

  • brutooooon

    Dec 13, 2008 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #31

    Him to replace butt? Another good news….

  • The Entertainers

    Dec 13, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #32

    The type of player we need

  • AndyNUFC

    Dec 13, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #33

    Martins does not display any sort of blistering pace that he is hyped up to have, and this could possibly be because he has one of the worst first touches i’ve ever seen.


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