There has been some developments to suggest that Newcastle may be bringing Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho to Tyneside next month.
Aly Cissokho – seems to be available form Lyon
Aly was a target pf the Newcastle club in the summer, and certainly the 24 year-old left back is a very good player and we think he could do well at the club.
But the fee Lyon were asking for him put Newcastle off, and it’s still said to be around €8M.
However, with today’s conversion rate, with the Euro being very weak because of the state of the European economy, that’s about £6.7M, and that may be a more reasonable fee for Newcastle to pay.
Jean-Michel Aulas is the president of Olympique Lyonnais, and he had this to say to OLTV today:
“We’ve signed Mouhamadou Dabo to replace Cissokho,”
Lyon have to cut their wage bill, as one of a number of things they are doing to get their financial house in order, and it has been rumored that one of their big players could leave in January.
It seems that Cissokho, who is of Senegalese descent, is the likely player.
The two big clubs said to be interested in the once capped French International are Newcastle United and Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund.
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.
We don’t know if there is any truth in this story, but certainly Newcastle are looking for some good defenders who would be available in January and Alan Pardew would like to bring in two defenders to shore up Newcastle’s defense for the run-in to the season.
Cissokho stands 5’11” tall and signed for Lyon from Porto in 2009, for a fee said to be in the region of €15M, and he has played 84 times with two goals for the French club.