Cissokho – Newcastle Negotiating With Lyon For Me


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.

Comments very welcome.



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188 comments so far

  • Beattie25

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #1

    There are no comments yet … please kick things off by filling out the form below.

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #2

    @ gerodielad

    Very good call for Martin olsson like!!!

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  • ochytoon

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Beattie
    You bastard, you stole my thing haha

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #4

    ochytoon I never stole it

    I merely payed homage

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  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #5

    1st lol beattie25

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  • DaraghL

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Would be a good signing if he can find his previous form. On current form hes not worth much I have been hearing (Article on 10 players your club should’nt buy).

    I do like the santon guttierez combo though!

    Next season left side of Cissohko & Marveaux.
    ………………. right side of Santon & Guttierez would be fantastic

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  • likeajediknight

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #7

    not how interest works when ur in negative figs ed. be more like a £660,000 reduction of our debt in the last year. just to be a cunt soz mate otherwise legendary blog, ur a true gent

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  • king123

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #8

    according to lee ryder deal is now dead according to reports in france

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  • ochytoon

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Payed homage? I’ll payed homage you haha

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Lee Ryder : ‘not close to a move’

    That is what Cissokho himself said earlier.

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  • geordielad880

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #11

    I think we should sign 3-4 players like diame, martin olsson, we need more depth to our squad, we wont be signing cissokho, unless we are selling simpson, we have talked to various clubs about players but we havent really held any talks with lyon that im aware of

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  • geordielad880

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #12

    we should be looking at players like diame, olsson, nathan dyer, s.sinclair, m.jarvis, n.clyne etc, all would be very good signings, we are in talks with palace about clyne, but we are miles away in terms of agreeing a price, he will be one of the best right backs in the prem, such a gifted player

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  • geordielad880

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #13

    newcastle have been talking to the agent of blaise matuidi aswell, which would suggest to me that tiote is leaving

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  • ge08dey

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #14

    It appears to me the next couple of weeks will show whether Ashley has any ambition to push our club forward, or if he is happy staying arround mid table and making money out of the club.If he makes money available for a couple of quality signings then I’m sure we’ll be in Eurpoe next season.Cissokho could be one of those signings.If we don’t sign anybody then I think we will have missed the European places for this year at least.

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  • king123

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #15

    @geordielad880 thats because matudi has the same agent as erdinc.

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  • geordielad880

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #16

    king 123 blaise doesnt have the same agent anymore, it used to be Pierre Frelot the same as erdinc, but he changed agents recently

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  • king123

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #17

    hmmm.. interesting. where did you read we have been talking to his agent?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #18

    didnt Matuidi sign for someone in the summer? PSG maybe

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  • nimo

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #19

    hasn’t matuidi just moved to pig

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  • Robbanufc

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Blaise Matuidi would be a immense signing for us, as would Aly Cissokho! Keep’em coming. But we need a central defender in aswell, and a Striker would do too!

    Keep them up’and’coming world stars coming in!

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  • nimo

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #21

    psg even .. predictive text lol

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  • geordielad880

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #22

    yeah matuidi signed for psg, but has been out of favour, playing only 5-6 games since he signed, we had talks with his agent, and have also spoken to palace about clyne, but there is a big distance in what they want and what we will pay, and we talked to erdinc’s agent, but he wants a fortune in wages

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Lads even Ashley will recognize the money to be made by playing I’n Europe, gate for the extra games at sjp alone would be worth it. So even if he is I’n it for the money, the real money is I’n Europe. Hwtl

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #24

    If we sign him. It could wreck or the left side or make it better. It would be a risk

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Geordielad- is he not injured?

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  • geordielad880

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #26

    if we are going to strengthen our squad, and we dont have money to spend, we need to sell players, to raise cash, if we got rid of smith, xisco, lovo, and sold tiote (if we can get a good replacement, leroy fer or matuidi) we would still have 10-15m and the 6-8m we already had to spend

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Don’t see the need to sign Cissokho when we have a fantastic young LB in Santon and that is his preferred position.

    Priorities (in order):

    1) Good young CB who can ideally cover FB position(s) and will eventually replace Collo (who is 30 in six days time and still hasn’t signed a new contract worryingly) Maybe Ashley is looking to cash in on him while he’s still sellable.

    2) Another 15+ goals a season striker who can play off the last man, but we may need to wait until the summer for someone decent.

    The only other players we need are replacements if anyone leaves. Namely, those who have not yet penned deals such as Collo, Simmo and Guthrie.

    I can not see any other areas that need strengthening, especially if Arfa is going to get more time on the RW. If he isn’t we need a RW in lieu of Marveaux (who can play there), but then I would argue why are we in the market for a quality striker if we’re going to play Arfa in the 10 role.

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  • Zebras4Life

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #28

    I hate this damn transfer window, at least with our club. Nothing ever happens. Lets sign some damn players already. Spend $15M properly and lets get into the Champion league next year. We are too close for this nonsense! If anything the fat controller can spend $35M this deadline, make the CL, and sell to Branson for huge profits. I see all being winners w that scenario!

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  • geordielad880

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #29

    magpies till d3ath, he was injured, but as far as i know he is fit now

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #30

    I wud love mbiwa and erdinc. Think that’s the best we can get out of the window

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  • geordielad880

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #31

    we wont spend alot in this window, pardews comments of we want to do buisiness early, and we have told other clubs this, refers to, if you want our players, bid early so we can replace them, i think tiote will leave. as chelsea went for him the last window, and we told them to come back in jan

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Hasn’t pards already said we’re not in the market for a striker this window. This will be especially so since Best has rediscovered where the net is and Arfa starting to fire.

    I remember us all clambering for a no 9 in the summer and little did we know we’d already signed him. Many were gutted at Joey leaving and Nolan – but we have a much fitter, younger, hungrier, technical squad now.

    Tiote
    Cabaye
    Ba
    Arfa
    Willo
    Santon
    Abied
    Marveaux

    All for under 20 million, the price of one player for a top team. Hard to believe!

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  • Graeme

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Geordielad880 – dont forget the balance of the AC kitty!! £35 mill less the £2mill spent in summer = £33 mill.

    Ooooops, then there is the “Free Transfer Costs” plus the “Plumbing Costs” so we probably do only have this magical £6-8 million being bandied about!!!

    Strewth – was that a flying pig I just spotted going past the window lol.

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  • Zebras4Life

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #34

    Magpies-till-d3ath // Jan 16, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    I wud love mbiwa and erdinc. Think that’s the best we can get out of the window

    -PERFECT!!!! I would be nuttier than squirrel shit if we got those 2 signed!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Geordielad880 – Matuidi will cost too much or Clyne? if its Clyne then we mayaswel give up now cos he’s out of contract in June..Also AVB has said they dont need another midfielder yet as theyve got millions plus Essien is back now and ad rather have a fully fit Essien than Tiote

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  • geordielad880

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #36

    graeme, it doesnt actually cost quite alot to sign players on a free of the calibre of ba, marvo etc, especially ba with the insurance costs, but we would still have 20-22m left of the carroll money

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  • geordielad880

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #37

    geordietoon89, clyne, they want 4.5m, we are offering 2.5m, we wont pay over the odds for any player, simple as

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Michael Owen reckons Krul is better than Hart =] well on this season

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #39

    tbh a wouldnt go above 2.5million for Clyne when his deal runs out soon we could get him for nothing then only have to pay like like 250k in compen

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  • geordielad880

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #40

    geordietoon i wouldnt either, considering you can go and get someone like andreas beck from hoffenheim for 6-8m who is a german international right back, and top class already

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