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.