There are sources in France, including L’ Equipe, that are insisting Lyon defender Aly Cissokho is on the verge of a move to Newcastle.
Cissokho – on his way to Newcastle?
We don’t think so
Cissokho was left out of the Lyon squad yesterday when the side were beaten 1-0 at Montpellier, with the accompanying rumor that the 24 year-old left back was in fact was on his way to Newcastle for a medical.
Lyon are said to be ready to sell Aly Cissokho for around £7.5M, but in fact that fee has now been raised to £10M, but we cannot believe Newcastle would spend anywhere near that much on a left-back who we don’t really need at this time.
Newcastle must bring in a center-back this month.
Arsenal and Newcastle are supposed to be interested in the player and Lyon official Jean-Michel Aulas had this to say to L’Equipe:
“Possible winter departures? That doesn’t mean we don’t have any more means, but we want to keep the rules we set, which is to not increase our deficit,”
“The transfer of Aly Cissokho? I am rather in favor of it” “We could hire a central defender, young, not expansive and versatile, but none of our current centre defenders will be free agents next June, and maybe in February they will all be back.”
“We could hire a defensive midfielder as Maxime Gonalons is deputising as a central defender. We could also not do anything.”
The reports today from his agent as to why the move has not yet happened are that Cissokho has a slight injury, and that Lyon and Newcastle have still not agreed on the fee.
But why would he be going for a medical unless Newcastle had first agreed a fee with his French club?
Cissokho’s representative Ali Barat had this to say today:
“The two clubs are not in agreement”, “Aly is suffering from a little calf injury and therefore no medical examination is planned at the moment”
Lyon are in need of some cash to help balance their books, and the French club are asking €12M (£10M) for Cissokho, but that Newcastle have offered just €9M (£7.5M).
We have a very hard time believing any of this is actually true, and maybe Lyon and Cissokho’s agent are simply trying to drum up interest from Newcastle.