Top French International Available – Newcastle Interested?


News today that Tolouse midfield play-maker Moussa Sissoko has said in L’Equipe, that he could be leaving his French club this summer.

Moussa Sissoko – available from Toulouse

Newcastle were interested in this player as long ago as December of 2008 when we reported on the then 19 year-old, but maybe Newcastle should have signed him before now, with his price tag said to be around £9M, according to reports.

Two clubs who are said to be interested in the player, are Tottenham and Liverpool, but we wonder if Newcastle’s interest will be rekindled, now that he seems to have become available, and we’re sure Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr  knows all about the player.

Spurs and Liverpool have both expressed an interest before in the 3 times capped French International, who has been at Toulouse since he was 13 years old.

Sissoko can play as  either an attacking or holding central midfielder, and while Newcastle have Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote already on Tyneside, surely we can bring in another central midfielder to provide good competition to the two starting players in Newcastle’s engine room.

After all we lost both Danny Guthrie and Alan Smith in the summer,  so central midfield could do with being reinforced some.

Sissokho’s style is similar to that of former Arsenal and France midfielder Patrick Vieira, and the lad is a good 6’2″ tall, and an excellent technical player.

And the central midfielder is even out of contract next summer, so he could be brought in at a cut price – something the powers that be at Newcastle are always interested in.

This is what the Le Blanc-Mesnil born player had to say to L’Equipe today:

“It may be that I go,” “We know the reputation of Toulouse, the president has always said that if a player has the opportunity to move forward [with his career], he will not close the door.”

The reports suggest he could be made available at round £9M, but he could be even cheaper than that.

Moussa has made 191 appearances for Toulouse in the French League and has scored 23 goals, and he played for all the France Youth sides from U16 through U21.

What do you think?

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259 comments so far

  • check the toastie

    Jul 19, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #1

    If we are we could slap a 4 million euro bid in for him, dont want to be fleeced do we.

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  • pardews waxwork lips

    Jul 19, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #2

    100th?

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  • pardews waxwork lips

    Jul 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Magpies make 750k offer, player wants to come.club baulk at price. Magpies offer 1 million take it or leave it, player joins scunthorpe.the end.

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  • XtraTimeAndPens

    Jul 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #4

    I do like Sissokho. He could be a good addition if we can get him at the right price. The only problem is that we’ve got good youngsters in CM with the likes of Biggie, Abeid, Vuckic etc. The question is how will these players ever get a chance if we keep buying more experienced players to play in the same position. Just a thought though. Competition and strength in depth is obviously still a good thing to have.

    http://www.extratimeandpenalties.com

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  • ~Debuchery on a Dreamboat~

    Jul 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Would be a good buy. IMO

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jul 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Oi…. Llambias… get on the blower and offer them Williamson + 2mil… them paying us 2 mil that is… then gloat about how u slammed the phone down on them when they said no.

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  • breno95

    Jul 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s so slow this window that even SSN’s info bar has knackered. Must be thinking of what other stories they can make up?

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  • check the toastie

    Jul 19, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Ibiza – if we had paid say 12/13 million for Cisse last summer instead of waiting then perhaps we would have finished 3rd/4th instead of 5th in which case the transfer would have paid for itself, 10 times over.

    Are we also saying that Cisse isnt worth 15 million pound , i dont think so, if we had missed out on signing him because we penny pinched again in January then we would have been nowhere by the end of the season. Sometimes paying what Carr thinks is the going rate should be the only concern for me.

    Cisse is worth fortunes, if we sold him for 40 million we would then go out and still try and get debuchy for 4 million thats the point, bit stingy and clearly fans are falling for this shit at times, pay what the lad is worth dont move on to second choices, we nearly had Maiga instead of Cisse remember, 2nd choices are not as gud as Carr and Pardew’s 1st, pretty clear to me that one.

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jul 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Try victor Moses !!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 19, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Check…Was that a response from the previous thread?

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  • check the toastie

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Love the way people have Bigiriama as the best thing since sliced bread because he did one gud tackle in a meaningless friendly. Jonas did much more in 45 in the middle of the park than the young lad did whilst he was on the pitch. Personally the kid is way down the pecking order. Should not stop us signing Anita or Nzonzi,

    Wud love Douglas, Debuchy, Nzonzi and Carroll, we would be super physical but very technical as well with cabaye, benny, marveuax santon debuchy, would be a perfect blend, Bully teams then play, perfect for the Premier League.

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  • check the toastie

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Ibiza – yep

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  • New kingdom United

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Getting frustrated that we coming up short for the players we want. Wish we could be aiming higher this season. Our team is on the verge of being complete so why let another season go by when you know whats required to get into the champions league. No excuses. Continue the french revolution

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  • pieceofpapiss

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Check, how negative are you? He’s been at the club 2 days and played in his first game. He looked decent.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Check…Sorry, internet crapped out on me, comment 9 was aimed at comment 1, but since you did actually respond….don’t I look foolish 🙂

    I suppose it’s easy for all of us to speculate on what could have been or what will be, when the reality is no one knows. Some could argue we’ve been lucky with our recent transfers, others would say it’s been good scouting and business.

    Do you know if Carr places his own valuations? How do you know that he didn’t say, this guy is great, but the £15m is too high, hold out and you’ll get him cheaper? Once again, easy to guess and that goes for me too.

    Cisse had a great record before he came to us, but that didn’t guarantee it would continue in the PL, but as it has, you’re right, his value would of sky rocketed and now a difference of £6m isn’t such a big deal.

    So far, i’ve not been dissapointed with who we’ve missed out on or who has arrived. I struggle to put that down to luck or whatever. For me, they’re doing a good job at running a business. Sure your Chelsea’s and Machesters will spend big money, get top players and thrash it out at the top, but I honestly am happy as a toon fan these days. It’s great to see players playing for the team and not just for a pay cheque.

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  • rainrix

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Whoa a lot of neggars around today, then again it is that time of year 😉

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  • Twatter

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #17

    We don’t need anyone else in this area. This is actually the one position where we are well stocked. Might be a good player but not priority IMO.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Check

    What makes you think we have any idea what offers the club are making, though?

    According to the press, we made our first bid for Douglas yesterday – the same press who said we bid for him 1 month ago.

    They know nothing, and so neither do we.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #19

    papiss…I don’t think he was being negative, just commenting on that whilst he looked promising, some maybe jumping the gun by thinking we don’t need another CM, based on a short amount of viewing time.

    I do however have high hopes for the lad 🙂

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  • wynsleap

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Have to agree with New kingdom @ 12.
    Stand still and you eventually go backwards as others go past you.
    Buying a top player for the first team squad doesn’t have to mean the young ones are prevented in developing. They’ll get their chance…… if they’re good enough.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Arrrgghhh. Stop complaining! Newcastle have done good business and signed good players for 2 years now. We’re SLOWLEY building towards bigger and better things. Its working so far so why change it?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Check,
    Was going to write a very similar post myself but got distracted,not saying we would have finished 3/4 th but surely Ba and Cisse would have put more points on the board than Ba & Best/Ameobi and whose to say that 6 million that would have bought an international LB who vould have covered at CB in
    place of Simmo wouldn’t have got those extra four points,and for those that say were not ready for champions league football,floppy chops and spurs were well up gor it.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza

    There’s basically 3 teams who compete for the title now, and thats because they have the money to. They’re in a league of their own. We may as well treat 3rd place as a trophy this season.

    I don’t support Newcastle because I hope we’ll win the league every year. I support Newcastle because I love the club and what it stands for.

    So I’m with you, I’m happy supporting Newcastle these days.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #24

    No wonder fans of other clubs think we’re deluded and unrealistic.

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  • Les Grossman

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #25

    We DO NOT NEED any central midfielders, and Certainly none of the quality of Sissoko who will be asked to sit on the bench!!!HE WONT WANT THAT!!

    It will lead to tears. Disruption and probably financial loss.

    Our buying policy is spot on!!

    Current Central Midfielders

    Cabaye
    Tiotie
    Bigi
    Vuckic
    Gosling

    Players who CAN play there and do a great job
    Perchino
    HBA
    Gutti
    Raylor
    Colo
    Oberon (I know)

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #26

    Does anyone remember a little club called Leeds?

    They spent a fair bit of money to get them into the CL. It went well, didn’t it?

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  • FatmanJoe

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #27

    It is very depressing that we’re not adding the 2-3 players needed so can understand people’s negative reactions but we have to have faith that they’re going to fill the positions we need.

    I think this one is a no starter though. With the touted 20m budget we have I can’t see us blowing 9m on a untested player in a position we can fill already.

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Exactly, this penny pinching is probably pi***ng the other clubs off as well as us. Del boy Llambias needs to put the cigar down, pick up his notepad and take down the following names.. Anita, Debuchery and Douglas. Then reach for the desk drawer his checkbook is in. Taking care that the moths emerging from that drawer once its opened dont fly into his eyes, get the aforementioned players ‘over the line’. Sooner rather than later too. Theres m’boy…

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #29

    Markaccus

    As long as the club is making progress every year, I’m happy. We haven’t lost anyone we care about, and we’ve signed a couple of players who may or may not prove good additions. There’s nothing to suggest we’re not improving, so I don’t understand why so many people are crying about it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Cool hand Luke
    LOL 🙂

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Amen @ibiza and tds. So let it be written, so let it be done. Verilly. Et.c ….

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  • Les Grossman

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #32

    People need to get a grip.
    Ashley is not stupid.
    Got rid of 9 players or so in the close season.
    Knows money is to be made in Europe and cup runs, and the higher we finish the more we get. Not to mention the Marketing value of NUFC.

    Ashley WILL back Pards and we WILL sign at least 3 more Quality Players………Mike Ashley knows he needs to if we are to progress from last season!

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #33

    @ tds. Yeah, I’d understand if we were struggling to get top half, and being in relegation battles until far end of season, but we’re not, we were challenging for 3rd spot on the last day, technically. I’m delighted with our rise from the ashes of dennis, nukie bear, wobbly eyed, moon faced tw@ un-wise’s feck ups!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Wynsleap….Really? Apart from De Jong, who apparently didn’t want to come, who do we know that we’ve fallen short on? There is plenty of speculation, but very little that can be taken seriously.

    I think we’ve surpassed the clubs targets so far, but I don’t think that will alter their 5 year plan we hear so much about. Slow and steady progress is what I think they’re doing. We may not be throwing money round the place, but we are improving and certainly not standing still

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  • New kingdom United

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #35

    simpson saylor collo santon/Guiterezz

    HBA Cabaye Tiote ??? Right wing/Guiterezz

    Cisse Ba/SHOLA LOLOLO

    Starting line with who we have so were is the weakness?
    I would say Simpson kinda and an attacking right half end of story.. and we can afford it.. done with the blog for now my nerves are over.. il wait for our 1st game .. peace out guys… Third striker 3rd position.. best team on paper

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #36

    We were technically challenging for 3rd last day of last season. I’m delighted with our rise from Dennis, wobbly eyed, nukkie bear, moon faced twt un-wise’s ashes.

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  • NUFCWill1986

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #37

    What’s the crack with West Ham? Fat Sam must be creeping the nufcblog for transfer targets. They sign Maiga, now want Douglas lol tools

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Negativity is bound to start creeping in the weathers shite,there’s no proper football on and we still havent signed anybody,but there’s a long way to go so maybe we should have a little faith and wait till a couple of weeks before we start ranting.

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  • NUFCWill1986

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #39

    @JFA nicely said m8

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  • ashwin say's

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #40

    If You want some HOPE
    Pardew insists ::
    Newcastle
    will walk away from a deal if the
    price isn’t right.
    “Any big player or good player that
    comes to the table, we need to be
    involved in it,” said Pardew.
    “We need to know what is going on.
    What is the price? Can we do it? Can
    we afford? If we can’t we go
    somewhere else.
    “We want the best quality players and
    at the moment we have three possible
    transfers actively being pursued in
    terms of bids and trying to get a deal
    where the other club gets what they
    want and we get what we want.”

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