Newcastle Linked With Top French International Midfielder


Newcastle have been linked with top 21 year-old Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

Moussa Sissoko – Newcastle are interested

The highly rated 21-year-old may be leaving the French club he’s been at since 2003, but he will not come cheaply.

The news doing the rounds on Saturday evening is that Moussa Sissoko is in negotiations with Liverpool and Newcastle United over a potential transfer to the Premier League.

How is it that Liverpool and Newcastle seem to be after the same players this summer?

Other clubs interested in the 6’2″ central midfielder include Inter Milan and Lyon, and this lad is certainly well thought of.

Sissoko’s agent Bacary Sanogo has said the French international (3 caps) has had several offers with the best up till now being surprisingly from top French club Lyon.

This is what Bacary said:

“The link with Lyon is serious, but it is not the only one,” “There are also negotiations with Liverpool, Newcastle and Inter. Things should seriously move next week.”

“His priority is a club with a major sporting project. But it will not pose a problem to Moussa to remain with Toulouse.”

Toulouse President Olivier Sadran is said to be unwilling to accept a bid of anything less than €15M (£13.4M] for his top player – but that’s just the usual talk of  a club official who wants to maximize the transfer price of one of his top players – and he’s probably worth that amount.

Sissoko has two years left on his contract, and is of Malian descent, and has often been compared with a young Patrick Vierra in the way he plays the game.

Sissoko is a box-to-box midfielder capable of playing in either the holding role or as an attacker, and the youngster has been described as a well-rounded central midfielder who is tall, rangy, and strong in the tackle.

As we said Moussa is extremely highly regarded in France, and if he comes to Newcastle it will simply be a terrific signing for the club.

Since 2007 he has played 144 times for Toulouse with 30 goals and 7 assists, and has played for the French U16, U17,U18, U19 and U21 sides – he made 20 appearances for France at the U21 level.

Newcastle have been linked with this player since the summer of 2008 when Kevin Keegan was manager, and  we had three reports on Newcastle’s interest in the player in 2008.

In December of  2008,  the then teenager had talked about Newcastle United to Sky Sports:

“I don’t know where the speculation regarding Newcastle has come from, but it is good to be watched by scouts,”

“Sometimes these things come to nothing and they recruit a different player, but if they want me then I am working hard.”

“I love the Premier League. It is the best league in the world. The stadiums are always full and I believe my game would be suited to the English style as I like the physical aspects of it.”

“Newcastle? They are a big team, with big support. From what I have been told they have the best fans in England.”

“But, it is up to Toulouse. I am happy here and I am still learning. If they think it is time for me to move on then I will, but at the moment my desire is to play for Toulouse and keep on proving myself.”

Let’s hope he thinks as highly of Newcastle as the three players we have already brought to the club this summer – and it certainly looks like it.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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108 comments so far

  • nufcgaz687

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #1

    just posted any thing here to epic fail all the kids

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  • JackButler

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #2

    “His priority is a club with a major sporting project. But it will not pose a problem to Moussa to remain with Toulouse.

    who does that sound like?????????

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  • nufcgaz687

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #3

    sorry about my top post cant stand the children who post cant even bring my self to say it but who post the number at the top sorry guys

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  • 1st

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  • JackButler

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #5

    GG

    really?????

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Where would he fit in our midfield? Dont see the point in blowing 13.4 mill on a player who might not be able to play unless we have more that the AC money as our tranfer kitty

    Cabaye Tiote and HBA are certain to be in our starting 11 next season thats our central midfield sorted

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  • hainesy

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #7

    1st.

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  • hainesy

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #8

    For gods sake -.- Only 6 posts off. And about 7minutes off.

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  • JackButler

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #9

    hainesy

    poor mate, very poor lol

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  • Baro

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Jack Butler

    the Magpies?!

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  • FloridaToon

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #11

    PSG have bid 10 mil for Taarabt. Scratch him off our list.

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  • Not really Jack just wanted to bug nufcgaz687.

    Sorry to copy and paste but I posted this before and had to wait moderation. Happens when you change your nick.

    GeordieGerman “allez les gars!” // Jun 25, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Evening lads, I’ve just woke up Got in from night shift Had 3 hours sleep then had to get up and out to watch a game. When I got back had to lie down again.

    The Game was great. With a final score of 8 – 5. And my lads team are now District Champions. My lad scored one assisted 2 and set one up from a break from a corner. AND I AM CHUFFED TO BITS. So now on to the County Championships

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  • JackButler

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Baro

    exactly

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  • hainesy

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Jack Butler- Not as poor as the sad b*****ds that do it intentionally.

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Thank you PSG you have saved us! Now can we please have your unused striker for about 6mill? Come on lets keep this friendship building…we can give you Ranger as part of the deal 😉

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  • FloridaToon

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #16
  • JackButler

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #17

    GG

    Congratulation mate

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  • nufcgaz687

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #18

    GG

    where abouts you from over here

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  • Baro

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Moussa of course would be a brilliant signing but don’t know who the hell is coming to this team in summer and who is leaving.I just hope we keep Joey Barton out of anybody. Love the guy, he can be the heart of this team.

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Congrats GG sounds like a player…does he fancy a NUFC trial? haha

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  • toonfan09

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #21

    this guy is class he is a machine and can play holding but is class going forward and only 21 class signing if we pull it off

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  • nufcgaz687, Barnstorf, Kreis Diepholz and you?

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  • toonfan09

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #23

    btw msi douglas has just said to somone on twiter that matudi is our top target

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  • nufcgaz687

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #24

    GG gutersloh

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  • WWJBD, that’s been breed into him. 🙂

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  • JackButler

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #26

    can’t see Barton staying after shouting his mouth off like he has, would be devastated if Collo was to leave he should be our captain next season

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  • nufcgaz687, have a mate who lives there. Alan Dixon Tattooist.

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  • Andy

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Don’t know anything about him other than he is good on football manager, no way to judge a player :P. Yet again another midfielder we’re linked with. So far we’ve lost 1 gained 2 and seem to still want more. £13.4m or whatever the price is a hell of a gamble on this guy but i’ll repeat what i’ve said in the past if carr thinks he is worth it i have complete faith in him.

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #29

    GG
    What other football dream could he have eh? Newcastles the best team in the world haha

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  • nufc90

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #30

    http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/transfer-news/Exclusive-Neil-Taylor-may-sue-Swansea-to-seal-Newcastle-switch-article752441.html

    posted on the other article, apparently swansea want 10mil for taylor. the hold up is over the clause

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  • Andy

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #31

    Also GG well done to your lad. Where does he get the talent from? haha

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  • nufcgaz687

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #32

    GG

    the scum are playing arminia bielefeld im of to sit in the home stand in my toon kit and cheer bielefeld on they remind me of west brom of the german league yoyo team

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  • slazberger

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #33

    have’nt logged in all day, just checked for updates and links as you do when you can’t be bothered with a ashley lover v ashley hater discussion. but thought i would just to say congrats to GG and well done to your boy. good luck next season

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  • Andy, believe me. Not from me. Probably from his great granddad (German side) used to play for Essen.

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #35

    nufc90
    Bless Swansea I quite like them but they arent making many friends are they

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  • nufcgaz687, read that on another article. Can only think that Sunderland are desperate for a win.

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #37

    Sissoko is just a smoke screen for the signing of Mutuidi. We have not a cat in hells chance of getting Sissoko and now Chelsea are in we have bob hope and no hope and it won’t be long until Man City are in offering him quarter of a millions pounds a week.

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  • toon18

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #38

    —–cabaye–tiote–sissoko
    ben arfa—–erding—–marveaux

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  • JackButler

    Jun 25, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #39

    Swansea are facing a transfer embargo over wage payments to Tamás Priskin of Ipswich, they are stepping on a lot of toe’s already

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  • nufcgaz687, I can only think that the scum are desperate for a win. Hope they lose.

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