Are Newcastle Going After French International Left Back Again?

The French Daily l’Equipe is reporting today that Newcastle are lining up a move for Aly Cissoko of French club, Olympique Lyonnais, better known as Lyon.

Aly Cissokho – are Newcastle interested?

Newcastle were linked with Cissokho in the summer, along with Dutch International left-back Erik Pieters, and since Pieters is not available in January, there could be some logic in Newcastle turning their attention back to Cissokho.

20 year-old Davide Santon was signed in late August,  and the Italian International has finally come into the Newcastle side at left-back, and of course he can also play at right back – and he is right footed.

And with current right back Danny Simpson stalling on signing a new deal at the club, it would seem to make sense that another full back, on either side, will become a priority at Newcastle.

If Cissokho isn’t signed next month,  he could become a firm target in the summer for Newcastle,  depending on the situation with Simpson.

But Alan Pardew has been very straight about the Simpson impasse, and has said only last week that if Danny doesn’t sign a new deal at the club,  he  will sell him and bring in another full-back in his place.

Newcastle were linked with both Cissokho and Pieters in the summer, but at that time Lyon valued their player at £9M, and Newcastle were said to make an offer of around £7M for him, but neither Pieters nor Cissokho were signed.

Instead Newcastle signed 20 year-old Davide Santon of Inter-Milan for £5.3M.

Over the summer months, Cissokho was said to be extremely keen to join Newcastle, and of course he will feel right at home on Tyneside, with Newcastle having signed several French players to their much improved squad.

Newcastle are considered a huge club in France, and a very attractive one to join, and Newcastle’s success this season has led to 52,000 capacity crowds at St. James’ Park again.

And the players signed from France in the summer have talked about the club in lyrical terms all season.

Cissokho was signed by Lyon from Porto for a whopping €15M in July of 2009 (about £12.5M at today’s rate), and he has since played 84 times with two goals for the French side.

The player has played once for France, in August of 2010, in the friendly match against Norway.

That was after deciding he didn’t want to play for Senegal, which he qualified for because of his Senegalese descent.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Dec 18, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Pieters will be first choice imo, i dont see Aly as a viable option in January, he’d have his price jacked up.
    Speaking of LBs, what a tremendous player Santon is, he was great going forward and always knew his place in defense, also had a great foot on him to serve the cross.
    Sorry Raylor, u’re back to the bench.

  • geordiefinn

    Dec 18, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Sunday Sun (Mark Douglas) tells that we are interested in Chris Samba. He would be an immense signing and hopefully we do manage to get him “over the line”.

    Imagine, if our centrebacks were Coloccini, S.Taylor, Samba and Willo? That’d be top-4 quality…

  • Kris

    Dec 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Great player, but we shouldnt go for even a right or left-back at the moment. Our priority should be a CB and a striker!

    We should eiether concentrate on signing-up Simpson and Coloccini on longer contracts and do what we can for keeping Tiote!

  • alext109

    Dec 18, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Agree with you Dannyo that Santon much better, and I also noticed that Jonas was able to do his job as a winger and was pushing forward a lot more without having to bail out raylor all the time.


    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Gut was pretty ordinary against Swansea… He works hard but is very predictable. Perhaps players like him and Obertan is what keeping us from playing a 4-3-3 with the likes of HBA in the team.. Or a 4-2-3-1..
    I’d love to see a stat which shows the number of time they do something positive with the ball as a percentage of the number of times they get isolated one-on-one… Can’t see it being very high..

  • Darling27

    Dec 18, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #6

    If we get Cissokho in our back line until the end of the season would be awesome.

    Santon Coloccini Williamson Cissokho.

    That’s class!!!

    Two attacking full backs and two solid defenders.

    Europa league here we come!!!

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Simpsons deliveries into the box were brilliant yesterday,maybe Obertan can learn something there.
    He needs to be more direct and decisive

  • max

    Dec 18, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #8

    sign him !!!


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