Reports in Paris today are suggesting Newcastle are set to move for Lyon defender Aly Cissokho.
Aly Cissokho – capped last year by France
Newcastle are in the hunt for a new left back to replace Jose Enrique, after he finally left for Liverpool last Friday.
And although Erik Pieters of PSV seems to be the number one choice, Newcastle will have other top left backs lined up just in case that deal cannot be struck, for whatever reason.
The Newcastle Journal suggested yesterday there were difficulties with both the fee PSV wanted and even some trouble on terms with the Pieters potential transfer, but we have no idea if there is any truth in that specific report.
The 23-year-old has been linked with a move away from Lyon all this summer, and even Liverpool expressed an interest in him, before they signed Enrique last week.
The reports in Paris are that Newcastle are lining up an £8M offer for the 5’11” Cissokho, and the player is very keen to play in England.
And of course if the left-back is signed this week, he would become the club’s fifth French signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye, Mehdi Abeid and Gabriel Obertan.
And it would really be six, because Ba was born and brought up in France, although he plays for Senegal at International level.
Cissokho never played for any of the French Youth sides, probably because he was playing in France’s second division with Gueugnon, and he was going to play for Senegal at full International level, but was called up by France last August.
He finally made his French debut in the friendly game against Norway on August 11th of last year, and played the whole game at left back.
He moved to Lyon from Porto in 2009, and has played 75 times for the French club with two goals, and played 23 times at Porto in the one season he was in Portugal.
We suspect PSV’s Erik Pieters is still Newcastle’s number one target, but if problems arise with that deal, maybe Cissokho is next in line.