It could be that Newcastle are more serious on Aly Cissokho then we had first thought.
Aly Cissokho – once capped French International
There were rumors over the weekend that Newcastle were interested in Cissokho, and he was left out of the squad for their game at Montpellier yesterday, which they lost 1-0.
But Aly is also carrying a slight injury so that could have been the reason too.
But the once capped French International left-back has talked to L’Equipe today, and he has told them that Newcastle and Lyon are in talks trying to agree on a fee for him.
This is what the 5’11” left back said today:
“I am waiting for the green light from Lyon,” “I am a Lyon player and if they agree a fee with a club, I will then talk to that club.”
“But nothing is done yet and I have not been to Newcastle for a medical.” “Newcastle and Lyon are talking about me, but there are other teams interested as well.”
Newcastle were keen on Cissokho, along with PSV Dutch International left back Erik Pieters in the summer, but the fee for each of the players was thought to be too high by the Tyneside club.
And Newcastle eventually brought in 20 year-old Davide Santon from Inter Milan for £5M instead, just before the transfer window closed.
Pieters is not available in January according to his club, but it looks like Lyon are ready to make Cissokho available, but at £7.5M, that’s probably too high for what Newcastle want to pay for the player.
We expect Newcastle are trying to get a better deal, but Aly signed on at Lyon from Porto in the summer of 2009 for €15M, on a five year contract and that’s around £12.5M.
At the time AC Milan were also in for him, and the news is that Lyon are really trying to get around £10M for their player.
We expect that if Newcastle can get the price down, then he could be on his way to Tyneside, but why they are signing him now we don’t know, other than he’s a very good player who has been made available by his club in January.
Alan Pardew has already said Newcastle may choose to bring in some players in January rather than the summer, when there’s the opportunity to do that.
Lyon are in poor financial health at the moment, and the big advantage Newcastle have is they will be able to pay for Cissokho in cool cash up front, as that’s their policy when they buy players these days.
And Newcastle also try to get all the cash up front when they sell their players too, and were successful in doing that with Andy Carroll from Liverpool, just over a year ago for £35M, so they will have made at least £1.75M in interest on that money by now at about 5%.
If Cissokho comes in then that could mean that Danny Simpson may be on his way, but Newcastle must also strengthen their squad for next season, and they will want to increase the competition for places in almost all positions.
For the record, Cissokho has played 100 times for the French club with two goals and he’s a very good left back – and left footed too.
We expect that if Aly signs on at Newcastle then Davide Santon, who was again outstanding yesterday against QPR and is our Man of the Match with 24% of the vote, will move over to right back.
But whatever happens, surely Newcastle will bring in a center-back this month too.
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