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This Would Not Be Progress For Newcastle

8:46 am, Monday, July 6th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

There was good news last night that Newcastle were getting close to a deal for PSV and Dutch International midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, but there are reports linked with that today about Newcastle then b eing able to allow Moussa Sissoko to leave – maybe for Liverpool.

Liverpool are said to need another midfielder and Sissoko has power and speed, and could be the player to replace  Steven Gerrard, who’s now training with the LA Galaxy.

Moussa Sissoko last game

Moussa Sissoko in action against West Ham

Newcastle shouldn’t let Moussa Sissoko join anybody this summer, and if Georginio Wijnaldum is simply a replacement for him, then that is not a step forward.

Newcastle need up to six new players brought in, and if we are going to improve the squad,  they have to add to the existing playing staff – so we have good players we couldn’t call on last season.

It may just be paper talk, but we assume Georginio is not simply a replacement for Sissoko.

The good news this morning is that after the Mirror reported the news late last night the local Newcastle papers are running the story.

So presumably there’s nothing they know that would say the deal is not possible – with a Mirror source close to PSV saying a deal is close for the player to move to a “prestigious Premier League club”

Wijnaldum had talked earlier this summer about possibly joining a Premier League club this summer:

“I speak with Leroy Fer and Tim Krul about England a lot. Tim has been in England since he was 17. He only says good things about England and living in Newcastle.”

“You have better players and teams in England and for myself it is better to play in a better league against better players.”

Hopefully Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat will have helped to sell Newcastle United to Georginio over the summer, while they were together in the Holland squad.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toonfan8 // Jul 6, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Wijnaldum is far better player than Sissoko will ever be…Sissoko just hasnt football brain, and Wijnaldum is far more intelligent on the pitch, both off and on the ball….I would be impress if this come through…if we sell Sissoko, then bring also Leroy Fer…then we will be much better with players like Wijnaldum and Fer…and also bring Diego Rolán and one of Mitrovic,Austin…and at least on CB

  • 2 Ron Knee // Jul 6, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    You’re right. They should call NUFC’s bluff.

  • 3 Jib // Jul 6, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Was out drinking with a pud fan last night and he was mortified that Rodgers was interested in Sissoko.
    Wijnaldum would be a brilliant replacement for Sissoko

  • 4 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 6, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    I don’t see how re-printing a letter sent to loads of NUFC fans, and citing where it came from, can be libelous. It also can’t be copyright infingement because they are not passing it off as their own. NUFC are petty and spiteful. Not the blog.

  • 5 Jib // Jul 6, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    On the CB thing I’m starting to think like Dubai , that foreign CB’s more than any other position take time to bed in to the Prem we should be going for a Shawcrossesque type.
    MYM looked the business in France and was his club captain but looked like a frightened rabbit here.

  • 6 Toon Tang // Jul 6, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    You know what else would be progress by Newcastle…

  • 7 Toonfan8 // Jul 6, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    we should go for Leroy Fer too, him and Wijnaldum and Sissoko can go to Liverpool, and we will be much improved….

  • 8 bobby mango // Jul 6, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    whilst i would be pleased by signing him it makes me worry that the priorities aren’t being addressed.
    We need wide midfielders / wingers before cam but far before any of those we need cbs and a striker.

  • 9 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    I smell a rat somewhere in this reported NUFC Digest story.
    As someone has previously suggested -write a nice letter to Bishop/Club – to see if there is any knowledge of this matter.

  • 10 Shaker Shakrah // Jul 6, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    and who wants the OVERRATED INCONSISTENT
    Sissoko at Newcastle next season ?
    Not me 🙂

  • 11 hibbit // Jul 6, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    mr tuff i think your on the money it just does not add up plus the tfl connection ??

  • 12 Jib // Jul 6, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Mister Tuff
    This isn’t a Bishop or club “thing”
    It will be Ashley’s legal boys.
    There were a few libellous items posted on the site.

  • 13 hibbit // Jul 6, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    jib the letter which no one has seen is from bishop not the legal department

  • 14 Jib // Jul 6, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Hibbit it has nowt to do with the letter.
    The site first said it had been warned it was being closed before the club even e-mailed the letter

  • 15 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 6, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    On this…

    Thing is, we have to keep an eye on our HG quota. It might not be progression,but we might have no choice other than to off load a foreign player

  • 16 widowmagandapoke // Jul 6, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Can you remember the impact Sissoko had in his first game at SJP? He has been down and occasionally up since then. Better coaching may bring about big improvement. Chasing clubs have spotted that. I think we should hang on to Sissoko at least till next window and see how he develops.

  • 17 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 6, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Sissoko is far from top of the list of players I would like to see sold, but I can see it happening. We would undoubtedly make a profit on the move, and to be fair, he’s the type of player who is likely to be much more effective in a better team.

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