Juventus Player Wants To Play For Newcastle?


There are reports coming out of Italy that 6’3″ Juventus defensive midfielder, Momo (Mohamed) Sissoko, is keen to play more first team football, and Newcastle have been alerted to the player.

Momo Sissolo – already looks good in black and white stripes

It seems his agent has already alerted the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew of his availability, and maybe that’s one of the many calls Alan said this morning he was continuously getting from agents during January.

The report suggests that Alan is trying to arrange a 6 month loan deal initially, to get the player playing on Tyneside.

But with Alan Smith being out for the rest of the season, and more top defensive midfield players needed at the club,  this could even make some good sense.

This is coming from Italy so it could be that somebody has been drinking a little too much of that nice Italian wine.

Momo Sissoko was good when he played for Liverpool a few years ago, and the reports suggest that he has told the famous Turin-based club that he wants to leave in January in a bid to play more first-team football.

Italian club Napoli are also said to be interested, and want to sign the Mali international on a permanent contract while  Pardew is said to be ready to offer him a six-month loan deal.

But we’d take this news with a pinch of salt, at least at the moment.

The 25 year-old midfield player played 83 times for Liverpool from 2005-2008 with one goal, and has so far played 72 times for Juventus with 3 goals.

This season Momo has appeared 11 times in the Italian League for Juventus, and 9 times in other games, for a total of 20 appearances, which doesn’t seem too bad.

He has played 28 times for Mali, and before he arrived at Liverpool he started his career at French club Auxerre, before moving to Spanish club Valencia in 2003 when he was just 18.

When he was at Liverpool, we remember the tall and well-built player being a powerful force in the Liverpool midfield.

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77 comments so far

  • Toonkistan

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #1

    never liked him at his time with liverpool however he looked solid whenever i watched him play for Juve

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  • nobby sol

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #2

    snap him up pards.

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  • Thump

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Go for it. Even just as cover, he can hardly be worse than what we already have.

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  • G

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #4

    I would take him, Tiote is currently banned, and the way he plays the physical game he is certainly likely to pick up more cards (nothing wrong with the way he plays, simply the nature of his physical game), and what with the cover being smith (out for the season), he (Sissoko) would be welcome as cover / competition in my opinion.

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  • jwheelie12

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #5

    seal it, we wont get anyone better as Tiote’s back up

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #6

    He is no better than smith Guthrie or Gosling

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  • Bucks mag

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    Would be good on loan, let him play his way to a permanent deal.

    Just wanted to gauge opinion on what people think about our youth policy atm, are we doing enough? Should we be looking at getting a CM like Ireland when we’ve got Vuckic/Newton? A CF when we’ve got Airey? etc.

    Or should we focus on getting experienced players who can more readily do the job?

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Dont see the point and I dont believe it anyway.

    Wants to leave to get more first team football…

    So why come to Newcastle?

    Tiote is No1 choice along with Nolan and Barton.
    He’s a DM…so unless Pardew decides to play 451, where would he play?

    Gosling is more than capable of playing DM, as is Barton…

    This is just paper rubbish.

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  • Davies

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #9

    I read this earlier in the week as well. Hard to know if there’s any substance to it, but I think he’d be a good buy. I think he and Tiote would be a nicely interchangeable pair. Tiote picks up a lot of cards, but the physical aspect of his game is bound to wear him out as well. When he’s suspended, injured or just plain knackered, Sissoko would be an excellent deputy. Better than wor Smudger as well.

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  • Davies

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Thing is, Edd Case, Barton and Gosling can be better used elsewhere, especially when we’re having the kind of injury crisis were are at the moment.

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Indian Magpie @ 6:

    Really? how many games has Guthrie played in Serie A? And how many times have you seen Gosling play? You are certainly making life difficult for Gosling if he ever gets fit enough to play again, and thats a BIG if.
    Please stick to real life and not Playstation, your comments make no sense. If this kid is playing for Juventus, one of the best teams in Italy, he gets my vote, lets get him in.

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #12

    People on here should understand, the NUFC regime these days is not to bring in the Sissokos of this world, or the Keanes, Irelands or Bentleys etc.

    They’re all on massive wages and simply not worth it.

    The policy is right (young players) but this is a much harder market to be in. The players like Taarabt are young, fit the policy but of course are doing well and will have agents and clubs boosting their value.

    You have to take gambles on youngsters and some you win (Bale), some you loose (Perch) but it’s a good policy.

    I don’t actually think we’ll sign anyone in this window.

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Edd case, I see your point about Tiote being the guy in posession at the minute, but if sissoko comes in and does better than Chieck, so be it. Tiote had to wait for a chance to get in, and done magnificently, doesnt mean to sya he is always gonna be marvellous (or available!!). Never stop bringing in good players. Let quality sort them out.

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  • toon1987

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Footballagent pm on twitter reckons there could be some big news for nufc fans coming up shortly

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #15

    He is definitely 10 times better than Alan Smith, and YOUNGER

    i remember his liverpool days, he is winning everything in midfield. like viera type

    cant decide who is better, him or tiote. dont think they play together cos both defensive

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #16

    If players want to come here to play then bring them.

    If players want to come here for a payday then dont bring them.

    I think we must have realised by now that things have changed for us – we dictate terms to players, not the other way around like when FFS was here.

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  • Thump

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #17

    Lynxie this is Tioté’s second ban. How many more do you think he’s likely to have? Smudge is injured, Gosling has had a set back , Guthrie can’t play the defensive role (I’m sorry, he can’t) and Barton is being used on the right.

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #18

    cwarr07 Colin Warris
    Stephen Ireland deal done signed on loan till end of the season #nufc
    8 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    isaacJLJ James Isaac
    Hearing a season long loan agreement in place to take Stephen Ireland to #nufc. #Newcastle #mcfc

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  • Thump

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #19

    Stephen Ireland deal done signed on loan till end of the season #nufc
    6 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

    http://twitter.com/cwarr07

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #20

    @ toon1987 // Jan 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Let me guess…

    Carroll going to Spuds?
    Barton Injured?
    Nolan Injured?
    Strolla Injured?
    Enrique going?

    Cant see it been anything good on yesterday’s form!

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  • Thump

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #21

    lol biff

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  • Twitter @djgriffed

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #22

    This would work well….

    Krul
    Simpson – Collo – Willi – Jose

    Barton – Toite – Sissoko – Jonas

    Nolan
    Carroll

    What you reckon? Nolan pushed up like last year, he was epic in that position.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #23

    @ Lynxie

    do u know he used to play for liverpool and was rubbish.

    Italian Game is totally different to English game.

    so i think there are better options

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #24

    @ Thump // Jan 21, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Dont fully trust Twitter.

    Till its on SSN or nufc.co.uk Im still a non believer – like the Rout Loan deal!

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  • GEORDIE69

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #25

    Indian Magpie Comment 6

    ???????????? Explain that one please?

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  • Thump

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #26

    The Ireland deal is also view for a permanent too.

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  • jwheelie12

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #27

    Edd Case, although that appears to be our policy it isn’t.

    Our policy is simply to get value for money, most of our signings will be cheap and from lower divisions, because that’s where the most of the value is at.

    But we’ve seen with Sol Campbell if an old player is available at the right price then we will go for it, ok that hasnt worked out.

    And if a quite young world class player on relatively high wages becomes available for a bargain price, i.e. Ben Arfa, then we will go for it.

    Therefore if we can get Sissoko on loan, and only pay say 30k a week of his wages, it is a good deal for the club and we’ll go for it. However if they want £6 million and he wants 60k a week, then we’ll walk away.

    We’re just trying to be clever with our money at the end of the day, the way it should be done, that’s why we havent made any signings yet, because the value always drops in the last week/final few days of the window.

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #28

    I stand corrected – Perhaps Ireland isn’t on massive wages.

    Class act from what I’ve seen. Hope we have option to buy too.

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  • Thump

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #29

    @Richy: The loan deal is genuine. He just doesn’t want to go and is trying to block it.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #30

    @ Twitter @djgriffed // Jan 21, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    I dont have confidence in the defencive trio of:

    ****Krul
    Collo ** Willo

    Dunno why, we just seem to leak goals when they play.

    How do you justify dropping Harps?

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #31

    @ Thump // Jan 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    He doesnt want to go and is trying to block it?

    So we are trying to sign a player who doesnt want to come????

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  • jwheelie12

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #32

    Twitter @djgriffed // Jan 21, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    This would work well….

    Krul
    Simpson – Collo – Willi – Jose

    Barton – Toite – Sissoko – Jonas

    Nolan
    Carroll

    ————————————————

    against a big 5 side away maybe, but otherwise far too defensive

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  • GEORDIE69

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #33

    Indian Magpie,

    Sissoko was great at Liverpool until he lost his confidence towards the end of his Liverpool days! He is a very good player, typical Premiership midfielder! Not many teams midfielders would be able to compete with him and Tiote away from home, thats for sure.

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  • Thump

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #34

    @GEORDIE69: The Italian game is more dramatic than any other. A brisk breeze can send a player flying into the crowd like an out of control F1 car.

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  • Thump

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #35

    @Richy: I’m talking about Routledge, not Stephen “My Granny Died Seventeen Times In One Night” Ireland.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #36

    @ Thump // Jan 21, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Oh okay, thats okay then!

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #37

    jwheelie12 – yeah, you’re right.
    But on the whole, the policy is to get young players in, it’s been said a million times by CH and now AP.

    So it does seem strange that players like Sissoko are mentioned when you have to think that the costs in players like him must be huge – when you compare the package to the Tiote package.

    I put myself in MA’s shoes and I’d be like, “Well, if we can get someone like HBA or Tiote in, world class players who didn’t cost the earth, why pay more for Sissoko etc, let’s find more HBA’s and Tiote’s”

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  • Sinner

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #38

    @Thump:
    This source states clearly that Ireland is set to join Bolton on loan.

    http://www.joe.ie/football/football-news/bolton-close-in-on-aston-villas-stephen-ireland-008899-1

    And thats around 3hrs ago.

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  • alex84

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #39

    My cousin is a juve fan, and trust me this guy is a good player and would be very welcome, if tiote was out, this guy would be just as good, im sorry but saying smith and guthrie are just as good…rubbish!
    Italian football is different yes, but this guy has proved he can play in the prem,
    i dont think he’ll come but if he did id be very happy!

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  • jj

    Jan 21, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #40

    Lads,

    Am i right in thinking that Tiote is out for three games…is on 8 yellow cards therefore even when he does come back if he picks up 2 more yellows hes banned for 2 games????

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