Liverpool Reported Willing To Bid Big For Newcastle Star


There’s a report in Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb that Liverpool are interested in signing Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko this summer, and would be willing to bid €24M for him.

That’s around £17M with today’s exchange rate, and Moussa still had four years to run on his Newcastle contract.

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Moussa Sissoko – in action last season

Brendan Rodgers did not have a very good summer transfer window last summer, and Liverpool did not have a good season, and after finishing second top in 2014 and almost winning the Premier League for the first time, they slumped to 6th place last season.

Brendan’s position is therefore under threat,  although he will be Liverpool’s boss next season.

Newcastle badly want to strengthen the squad,  so we are not fighting against relegation next season, and the last thing we want to do is sell our best players.

Moussa is one of our best players who – like a lot of other players at Newcastle – had a terrible second half of last season.

But we shouldn’t even be thinking of selling Sissoko unless we can replace him with somebody as good or better this summer.

Newcastle seem to be finding it very difficult to get players into the club in this transfer window – and top players are wary of joining a club who have fought against relegation in two of the last three seasons and the club was in a big mess earlier this year.

In the past, the finances have been the (only) thing that’s been important at Newcastle, but that only gets you fighting against relegation if you are not willing to spend the money available to build a good team.

That’s been Newcastle in past seasons.

We don’t expect the club to even think about selling Moussa for £17M – perhaps if Liverpool bid £24M that would be a different  matter.

But gone are the days when we sold our best players at any time, and kept the money and didn’t bother replacing them.

You can never build a good team that way – and Newcastle have proven that over the last eight years with that insipid strategy.

Things have to change big time at Newcastle – and it starts this summer.

That’s according to owner Mike Ashley,  who says he wants to win something with Newcastle, and that the club from now on will make their own luck.

We are still waiting to see some evidence of that in this important transfer window, but let’s not sell our best players.

Comments welcome.



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160 comments so far

  • stan anderson

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #1

    35 MILLION,that,ll do nicely. hahahahaha

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  • Belfast

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Tuttomercatoweb ? Sounds reliable lol

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  • yorkymag

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Snap their hands off he is nowhere near this probably 6 or 7 million

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  • Belfast

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #4

    24 million Ed ? Haha

    How many good games did he have last season ?

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Lost interest in all the rumour mungers.
    Does,nt look as tho We will have much of an eventfull summer as far as incoming transfers,so who gives a fcuk who goes where.
    We have missed chance after chance AGAIN this window,tho its early days the signs are there that absolutely nothing has changed at this hopeless excuse for a epl club.

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #6

    being a realist 17mil is prob his max value ! however if we sell him the money will never be re-invested in other players so i hope he doesnt go as we will be weaker.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Didn’t Paul ince say Liverpools days off spending big is over

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Old Blackley had great sport with Ashley’s bolting his horse to his cart. Now it looks like flappy birds are going to keep me entertained for a few weeks. Who knows, I might turn into one myself as the start of the season approaches with no progress made.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Croftus

    Spot on, if we sell him it won’t be reinvested, liverpool can offer 100m and I wouldn’t he happy because we won’t reinvest. As for Sissoko when he leaves nufc we will all realise his true potential and just how good he is, unfortunately he’s surrounded by shite so wants to do to much himself.

    He does need to work on his first touch though!!

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  • Lynny

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #10

    We aren’t finding it hard to get players to the club at all! We aren’t even trying! We haven’t been confirmed as submitting any bids for a single player! Face facts we’re going down next season if we don’t start getting quality players in now! By my reckoning we need at least 9 players signed

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #11

    We are incapable of signing backroom staff. What makes ppl in this blog think we will be signing players

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  • optimistic prime

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Can we buy now?

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  • hibbit

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #13

    even the coaches we offer jobs to are turning us down

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Why would he go to liverpool.

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Clearly the deal is that if we sign a coach he brings a player with him for free from his existing club

    BOGOF – the Ashley Mantra

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Anyway Sissoko or at least his Agent talks of Champions League football.

    And Liverpool have…. ?

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Newcastle need another transfer window like last, but with the emphasis on a quality striker, CB, and 3 emerging, players to compete at left back, engine room and wing. Last year money was spent and decent players brought in, but they weren’t specifically enough. You’d hope Gouffran, Willo, and Obertan can be fixed up elsewhere in the process, but Newcastle have rarely targeted the right player for the right position, preferring the right price, but what price is a Charlie Austin or Will Hughes worth to Newcastle. More to us than to a Chelsea or Liverpool, because we need them more. It’s time to specifically target the right player for the right position and to recognise the true worth of these players to the club.

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  • clinath@ed

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Tuttomercatoweb
    Thought that was auto correct for Tottenham Hotspur

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  • clinath@ed

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Someone said something to me today, totally unrelated to the toon, about employing a sales rep…
    There was concern that we couldn’t afford one, and this guy asked, could we afford not too?
    Thought that relevant to us as we go into this summers debacle…

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #20

    The money won’t be reinvested. Which is the biggest problem under Ashley. Which is why losing a single player is a blow to us, as we won’t know if that player will be replaced.

    We are always left with threadbare squad. Ashley just gambles with us and hope we are good enough to stay up.

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  • lesh

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Crikey

    If Ashley’s touting players about before the window’s officially open, it’s taking things too far.

    Charnley did commit to a nett spend and that could be a quid or fifty million.

    It seems that there’s a sell to buy head on again but Charnley hasn’t got the confidence or courage to buy before getting money in.

    There’s £34m sitting in the bank – has anyone said what it’s for? Team strengthening? The training centre? Accruing interest?

    And, a week in and Charnley’s fannying about with bonus driven wages while other clubs pay the market rate – McClaren can’t even get his staff in so what does that mean as far as players are concerned? Last minute, third rate players coming in, top players going out, another relegation skirmish?

    Yes, it is early days but we’ve seen this all before!

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  • Dillboy

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #22

    First off I’d like to say its a bit over the top to register for commenting surely ? What’s the point in a 12 character password plus God knows what else . Anyway first off I thought id mention a correction to the headline Willing to big bid? Surely it’s willing to bid big and the second major flaw which is totally unforgivable is Liverpool finished 6 th not 8 th . Thirdly you don’t have any best players

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #23

    @lesh

    Ysa we’ve seen it all before. Which is why I’m mentally preparing for a season of relegation struggle. We must be favorites for relegation.

    I really don’t see us signing the number of players we desperately need. We still prefer to sell first and buy..

    We can’t even compete with Bournemouth in the market.

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  • G peart 83

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Yet again talk of selling players fatty will never learn his lesson the greediest man alive

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  • Moonraker15

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Not a chance !

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #26

    So. If we sell a big player BEFORE we sign anyone,will the l8kes of Blackley and Jib still say we are being unreasonable? I bet they still find an excuse to make it sound right. The gullible idiots. I almost feel sorry for them.

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  • p

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #27

    I must say you are all jumping the gun a bit.

    None of us know who will or will not be signed.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #28

    If you defend ashley now,or make excuses,or give him another chance,then you are a buffoon.

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  • p

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Look if Sissoko wants out and someone is prepared to pay 17m, let him get on with it.

    But, the money does need to be reinvested.

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  • Moonraker15

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Not good enough by a long way

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Logic and history dictates that this will be yet another window of losing out. All this “we don’t know what will happen” is Bollox. We DO know what will happen,because it has happened for 8 FCKING YEARS.

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  • p

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #32

    @27, I don’t why this is still a debate. I think everyone is of the view that MA has mismanaged the club, with lots of bad decisions being taken under his stewardship.

    That said, you can’t predict what he will or won’t do, you will just have to wait and see.

    If the club don’t make 4-5+ decent signings, people are entitled to say, yeah I was right, nothing has changed, he continues to be a twat.

    On the other hand if he does deliver, you will have to say, well let’s see if coaching and playing staff can deliver this year, try for cups, not give up a Xmas etc.

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  • p

    Jun 19, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #33

    @30 you might be right but you might be wrong

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  • stan anderson

    Jun 19, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Lee C. [s the main man after THE SLUG.
    Need i say more.
    How are S.TS.sales going then/

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  • Thump

    Jun 19, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #35

    £35m is the golden number, Liverpool. As always.

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  • Offkey

    Jun 19, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #36

    P@31 – 4/5 signings – that would only replace Raylor, Santon, Mbiwa and Jonas (Ferreyra loan ended also) – there should be at least a few more decent players in there……I think it needs about 8.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 19, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #37

    Hopefully a significant number of season ticket holders are withholding payment until they see how the close season shapes up, and so the owership recognises that they have truly run out of options, and they have if the fans have indeed drawn a line in the sand.

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  • toon22

    Jun 19, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #38

    Exactly when under MA has any money ever been invested?
    When we panic bought all those French players wasnt the total spend about 20ml?
    We will sell high but havent ever payed the going rate,clubs are aware of it now.

    More tat from the king of it.

    MA OOUUTT

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  • toon22

    Jun 19, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #39

    In the end the toon is nothing more than another way for the man at the top to shovel cheap tat while trousering a fortune.

    Its what he does.

    Untill he goes or dies there wont be a club to follow.
    Were just a revinue stream and a taty advert.

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  • jane

    Jun 19, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #40

    off topic anyone know what the film crew were doing in North Shields Fish Quay car park this evening? I wondered if they were expecting the arrival of a boat load of new signings.

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