We had mentioned a week ago that French left-back Aly Cissokho was very keen to leave his club Lyon, and he even hired a lawyer firm, to help him get to another club this summer.
Aly Cissokho’s agent looking for a club in England for his client
And it appears that Cissokho’s agent Pierre Mathey has now been dispatched to England to look for a Premier League club, who would be willing to take the 24 year old, who has been capped once by France.
This news is in TMV and Lyon Chairman Jean-Michel Aulas is anxious to rid the club of those players who want away, and we suppose he’s been following Newcastle’s example over the last couple of years, in only having players at the club who want to be there.
This is what Aulas said specifically about Cissokho to TMV:
“It seems Cissokho’s agent has changed his mind and that he will go”, hence that is why his agent is in England this week.”
Newcastle’s top target is Lille right back Mathieu Debuchy, and we have to think that Newcastle are working hard right now to bring the 9 times capped French International to Tyneside – as soon as possible.
And even if Newcastle cannot get Debuchy, it’s not clear that Cissokho is too high on the priority list with players like Erik Pieters of PSV Eindhoven and Vurnon Anita of Ajax, probably next in line.
The stumbling block for Cissokho in his getting a move is that his club want around £8M for him, and that was the sticking point last summer when Newcastle were rumored to be after the French-born defender, who is of Senegalese descent.
His lawyers met with Lyon officials last week, and their first priority was to try to get the fee reduced, so if they’ve got it down to say £3M, he may be worth it to Newcastle.
Otherwise there are probably players of better value already on Newcastle’s list beneath the name of of a certain Mathieu Debuchy – who looks an excellent player.
Cissokho has 131 appearances for Lyon and two goals since joining them in 2009 from Porto.
What do you think?