Arsenal Ready To Bid £15M In January For Sissoko


The Times are reporting today that Arsenal are ready to launch a huge £15M bid for Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko in January.

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Moussa Sissoko sent off yesterday at West Ham
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If we had seen the headline that said Arsenal to bid £15M for Newcastle central midfielder, we would have thought that was referring to Cheick Tiote, who was linked with joining Arsenal last summer.

So it may be that Arsenal are after both Cheick Tiote and Moussa Sissoko – if you believe all the transfer stories being reported – which we don’t.

But one thing Arsenal do lack in their side this season is a strong physical central midfielder,  and both Moussa and Cheick are that type of player.

And it was only  a matter of time before Moussa was linked with a bigger club than Newcastle, because of his great form this season,  whether the news is true or not.

Moussa signed a six and half year deal at Newcastle in January of last year, when he arrived form Toulouse for about £2M, so he is contracted to us until the summer of 2019.

Mike Ashley made the mistake last January of selling Yohan Cabaye for £20M to PSG and not replacing him, and Newcastle suffered big time in the second half of last season, and we slumped very badly.

So we are hoping that Newcastle will not sell any of their top players in January, but rather bring some new players into the squad.

Mike Ashley has always made it clear by his actions, that if the right bid comes in for any player he will be sold, but we are hoping the Newcastle owner is learning from his mistakes, and that it would not be a good move to sell Moussa or Cheick in January.

But that doesn’t mean that one or both players will be with us come next September,  if some big clubs are willing to bid big money for either Cheick Tiote or Moussa Sissoko.

Mike Ashley’s doctrine at Newcastle United seems to be to sell a star player for big money,  and then  replace them with a player costing about a third of the price.

That’s one reason Newcastle’s finances are in such great condition – if not the team.

What do you think?

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88 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Nov 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    The only player we should sell in Jan is gouffran!

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Tiote is rapidly falling down the pecking order at the Magpies. May be it is the lack of silver wear that makes players want to fly the nest.

    I haven’t even had my breakfast yet!

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  • magpie6699

    Nov 30, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    When you see the prices being touted for some average players, I wouldn’t call £15 million for one who’s been singled out as one of the players of the season a “huge” bid.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Sunday morning – Full English –bacon eggs tomato sausage black pudden .I bet that has a few expats salivating

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Arsene Wenger.What a lost person.Needs retirement.Not the same.

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Derisory is my choice of word for it. Winger is pretty good at this type of game. Unsettle a good player in one of the so called mid table teams with a shocking bid, thn they or someone else picks up the pieces some time after

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  • Blofal

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7

    By all means sell Tiote for $15m but not Sissoko.

    At the moment our team is built around Sissoko so selling him would see a dip in form similar to when we sold Cabaye. I think Pardew would hit the roof if that happened. The only reason Tiote can leave is because Abeid has stepped up.

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Wenger dammi

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Dammit dammit

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #10

    By the way the same back page has another article with Wenger being sacked

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  • Douglas

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Must be 51M, 15M ? FMA wont even consider it. Get the guy whos now at Rangers back and it will be 51M

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #12

    Mashley learn from his mistakes ? In his eyes he didn’t make any, we sold a player for a 15M profit and finished tenth, he will be more than happy to see Sissoko leave and our season implode again. Alan won’t complain, in fact Alan will more than likely don his fashion glasses and say what a great all round guy Mike really is.

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  • geordie157

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #13

    The centre midfield trio of sissoko, abeid and colback will get better and better.

    If a good bid comes in for tiote I’d say take it, still a good player but he misses a lot of games.

    If Aarons isn’t back for the next game cabella has to start or at worst option b play riviere on the right of a front three.

    On a different subject, anyone know if our youngsters ie Aarons, Armstrong, satka and in particular Roberts have decent ratings/potential on the latest FM? Without the use of editing of course!

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  • geordie157

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #14

    I can see is looking at Ings and Wickham as potential signings, with Cisse possibly moving on.

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #15

    jail

    we haven’t got the points buffer to sell players that we had last year
    we also cant afford to wait for players to come good

    cant see any1 buying sissoko just yet he has only played about 6 7 games in the middle this season and 5 of them he has done well, when you can say yeah he is consistently good in position would bids from better teams come in

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #16

    If 15 million pound bid came in for sissoko, I’d tell da bidder sissoko is not for sale, however il give u tioti for half that price

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #17

    I was disappointed yesterday.

    The mini revival had been built around pace, youth and a more attacking emphasis.

    Yes we were robbed of Obertan, Aarons and Abeid who have all been massive factors in our recent successes.

    However, Playing Gouffran ahead of Cabella smacked of going back to an overly cautious 4231 rather than a fluid 433.

    Tiote was the obvious choice to replace Abeid, however, he was never going to create anything and maybe Anita would have been worth a try in the second half, despite his less than inspiring performances thus far.

    Seeing Willo smash it long every time he got the ball was very frustrating too, despite his rather easy containing of Carroll.

    My worry with Pardew has always been his lack of consistency every time things start to go well. AP needs to identify with what has gone well and not tinker with it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Everybody wanting rid of Tiote, well both Colback and Sissoko are suspended and Abeid possibly injured we do not need to be selling players without replacing them.

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  • stuart no9

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #19

    Blofal— Pardew wouldnt hit the roof if that happened – Pardew woudnt dare. . he’d be told to shut the F”’k up and get on with it and if he didnt like like , theres your train fayre back down south.. i dont think we will spend this january – we havnt got too, unless soko was sold , then we might spend 1-2 mill on someone but apart from that, no , we have our squad for the season now.

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  • Thump

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #20

    £15m? You can have Tiote for that, Arsene — I’ll even drive him down myself, mate!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #21

    157

    spot on

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  • stuart no9

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #22

    rotonda——However, Playing Gouffran ahead of Cabella smacked of going back to an overly cautious 4231 rather than a fluid 433————-it smacked of going back to pardew., december worries me , Pardew has to get it right , if he dosnt we may get battered a bit .

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #23

    Go toon gooooo

    is that the wenger who has qualified in the top 4 for CL 16 years running?

    Wish pardew was that lost a person then!!!

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #24

    jail

    agreed no sales for me additions only

    RH

    2 big calls by pardew yest tiote or anita
    tiote always takes a couple of games to get back into it after injury, anita been dropped for a while so I have no idea how he is playing
    don’t blame pards on this one but I would have tried anita
    goofy over cabella given the fact cabella drops to the ground like my ex misses knickers when touched by some1 might have been the reason goofy was played

    I don’t think those 2 coming in had that much difference but there was a change in attitude and formation that needn’t have happened surly when winning u keep it the same

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  • geordie157

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #25

    Just hope come the end of Jan window we have a stronger squad unlike the last Jan window.

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  • Slank

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #26

    Sissoko would command a large transfer fee as he is a regular in the French national side, tried and tested in the Premiership, is only 25 and so his best days are yet to come but more crucially there isn’t a player (except Yaya Toure) like him in the Premiership.

    Tiote is probably the best player to sell as he is now 28 and as has been demonstrated Mehdi Abeid at 22 is by far the greater asset to the club.

    A midfield of Colback and Abeid with either De Jong or Perez would be a very good midfield. I think Perez could easily be converted to an attacking midfield player. He has the pace, quick feet and vision with an eye for goal to be very successful in a three man midfield.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #27

    Basically Pardew set up not to lose yesterday and nick a 1-0 win. This has a major flaw if the other team score. Pardew has a history of being found out by other managers, this is why he has some great runs followed by devestating lows.

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  • toon kk

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #28

    What a lot of Newcastle fans forget or don’t realise is we have a average squad which occasionally punches above its weight, but the enevatable always happens we slip back to our level which is mediocre football.
    Pardew banners may come and go but on the whole our squad isn’t strong enough.
    A few injuries to our better players and we’re rubbish.

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  • musomag

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #29

    Have I logged in for the first time in two weeks to read this rubbish? Meh! Wenger is a Premier League has-been, waste of time. Last time I was here it was Liverpool allegedly chasing Aarons…..hopefully if I leave it another 2 weeks it will be jail chasing Ashley.

    My 10p worth?
    We lost yesterday as AP is back selecting the team based on what he deems to be big-names rather than players who are on form, hungry or just worthy of a chance. It was the same with Jonas who could barely kick a football. Tiote has been average at best and shouldn’t have been guaranteed a starting place on his return, certainly not as captain. No wonder Sissoko was vexed.
    Our young players got their chance only through injuries (not AP’s genius) but their fire actually managed to get us back to winning ways. Gouffly and Tiote are part of the reason we were in a mess in the first place. Sell sell sell

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #30

    Jesuz. If half our fans aren’t interested in competition for places what chance have we got of Mashers wanting it. If we sell Tiote just who would be our midfield on Tuesday with the current circumstances.

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  • stuart no9

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #31

    i would take wenger tomorrow i would, he may not be wanted at arsenal , but hes an extra few points a year and a couple of placings higher in the league if he came here. thats the difference in Arsenals ambition and our lack of it

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  • Greebol1892

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #32

    Absolutely fed up with all the slagging of Gouffran.

    The lad is a STRIKER who has become a victim of Pardew’s “square peg” methodology and now always has the job of DEFENSIVE WIDE MID….. FFS!

    The lad has proven he can score goals in PL when played in his natural position as A STRIKER….. he must be totally pi$$ed off!!

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #33

    In tight midfields like that Sissoko would have done better on the right wing as there was more space !!! He does not have the vision or close control for really packed midfields

    In some games in the middle he does look decent but people forget with Cabaye in the middle Sissoko done well on the right wing we still need a proper no 10 who funnily enough we do have but was on the bench and then when he came on was shunted to the right wing !

    I watched the game yesterday and cant believe how we never properly went for West Ham they were terrible they only had the hoof to Carroll we could easily have played Cabella instead of Tiote just behind Perez

    Its going to be a crazy game against Burnley if Janmaat is injured we will be playing a makeshift right back their crowd will be right up for it and we might have a midfield of Tiote and Anita which will properly offer nothing offensively

    Felt Tiote played good at what he does but it does not offer anything at all gets in the road of Colback who does the role so much better he slows down our play so much as he takes far too long to release the ball

    Gouffran I felt tried hard but I think he has lost all his attacking confidence and because we dont play a proper no 10 to play those type of passes that gets him in he just stops making runs that he used to

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  • lesh

    Nov 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #34

    Surely the club’s finances must be pretty healthy by now and that should mean that there’s no need whatsoever to sell Sissoko.

    If Ashley does sell him, then that would prove that he has not one ounce of ambition for Newcastle United!

    We scraped away from relegation after selling Cabaye and one would hope that Ashley’s learned a lesson from that. I hope I’m wrong but he’s been like a rabbit in headlights when he gets a sniff of money!

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  • stuart no9

    Nov 30, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #35

    did anyone else think it was disgusting for Pardew to come out and say he was totally stunned by our last 6 results. that comment tells me – he dosnt think our squad is good enough and more importantly neither is he . — what a man , never fails . i just try not to listen or read anything he says now.

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  • expatmag

    Nov 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #36

    Beermonkey

    After that last comparison, one would say that you are divorced……lol

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  • stuart no9

    Nov 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #37

    lesh —– ashlys been here 7 years – are you still not convinced that his heart is not in this club ????

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #38

    Now I have had a nights sleep on it, I think the problem yesterday was trying to play the rigid 4231 formation and reinstating senior players that have previously shown their inability to play the system. There is a need for a more orthodox right winger, which Gouffran is not. However the result should not cause a complete break down in performances, although missing fundamental players will necessitate a more concerted effort by those coming in.

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  • lesh

    Nov 30, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #39

    stuart no9

    Faint hope on my part Stuart, faint hope that he may have seen the light about selling players.

    Time’ll tell but like you and many more, I won’t be shocked if Ashley does sell a key player.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #40

    Newcastle were ranked 14th in UEFA when that fat greedy barstewards took over. We are now 6th with no chance if improvement as Mashleys policies strive to keep us out of European competition.

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