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Newcastle And Star Player Now Have Big Decisions To Make

8:22 am, Friday, July 24th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 59 Comments

There’s news in France today that Tottenham has put in a bid for Moussa Sissoko, so we’ll see how Newcastle react to the bids for some of their best players this summer, although Moussa did now play well in the second half of last season.

Moussa has always taken the opportunity when interviewed in France, to say he is ambitious and wants Champions League football and will leave Newcastle for a bigger club sometime in the future.

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Moussa Sissoko in action against Portland Timbers last Tuesday

But he usually puts the caveat in that he’s happy at Newcastle.

This is a typical recent interview that’s in the Footmercato report today:

“Didier Deschamps has clearly told us that he would select players who are regularly playing [at their clubs”

“With one year to go until the Euros, you cannot change club and find yourself on the bench.”

“At the same time, I want to just play for one of the biggest clubs. I want to especially play in the Champions League which I am cannot at Newcastle. One day or another, my time will come.”

“Anyway, I see myself staying in England. “

Moussa will have a decision to make  this summer, and he will have seen top players like Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy take a backward step when they left Newcastle for bigger clubs and Champions League football at PSG and Chelsea respectively.

That’s because they couldn’t find regular starting positions at those clubs.

Yohan has just signed on for Crystal Palace,  and he will play regularly at that club next season, and could make the French squad next summer for Euro 2016 – to be held in France.

Tottenham have put in the first bid, but Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are also said to also be interested.

Newcastle will likely hold out for a massive fee for Moussa, but we cannot bring in top players and then sell the top players we already have – that doesn’t strengthen the squad as much.

There’s no fee mentioned in the Mercato report, but some English outlets (Express being one), have said it’s £18M – and if that’s true Newcastle could sell for that amount.

Footmercato report that Newcastle would be willing to sell Sissoko for €23M – around £16M.

We paid around £2M for him from Toulouse in January, 2013.

And that’s why the net transfer fees laid out by Newcastle this season is the important number – if we sign Chancel Mbemba that amount will currently be £35.5M

With Siem de Jong now fit and Gini Wijnaldum onboard, we have been wondering where Moussa would fit in the side next season, and that could be why we seem to be linked with so many central midfielders.

We were linked by a Portuguese journalist and broadcaster Jorge Bacao yesterday with being in for Monaco’s Joao Moutinho for £9.5M – which seemed rather bizarre.

It will be interesting how Newcastle handle bids for their top players this summer, but if Moussa does leave for a bigger club, he could also miss out on the French squad next summer for the Euro 2016 Championship.

That’s the risk he would be taking.

Comments welcome.

Update: It’s interesting the Chronicle brought out a report that no bid has been made for Moussa despite the French report, and that Moussa is happy to stay with Newcastle – presumably he may be liking things under new head coach Steve McClaren and the coaching team – that would be good news.

Tags: Contracts · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

59 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Liverpool Mag // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Sell him, I personally don’t really see where his place is in the team at the moment, The midfield s packed with players better suited to the new style and he’s not the best winger.

  • 2 swemag // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    Ashley Jailbreak!

  • 3 Liverpool Mag // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    Plus he openly doesn’t want to play for Newcastle anymore and we could in theory replace him with a dedicated winger and balance the team out very well.

  • 4 BenbulbenMag // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Sell him, bring in Shaquiri, and a good cb and I’d be very happy.

  • 5 JDdubai // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Cant see us getting north of 15m for him, even though it seems his reputation is better at other clubs than ours – think they just see the highlights.

    Get rid, doesnt want to be here so go get your CL team and warm the bench like Cabaye and miss the Euros.

    Its good that we have brought people in before anyone leaves, means we have a stronger hand now and can hold out for the right money and play hardball ifg he starts to push for a move.

  • 6 TudorCrisps // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    If we get 18mill and get a classy winger then fine, A think wigi is already his replacement tho…

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Yeah, it isn’t something we have ruled out, and at some stage we may look to work with them, but it has to go through the local FA, which is where the problems start to arise.

    Not to mention that FIFA promised lots of money to African football development for the World Cup in 2010, promising to build 20 football centres. So far I think 4 have been completed, 2 are half done but work has stopped. Meanwhile, the President of CAF was able to build himself a brand new multi million dollar mansion…..

  • 8 sparky55 // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    it’s not just about wingers putting the ball in from wide…it’s about intelligent passes from the hole like beardsley used to do. Beardsley was very rarely wide…he could just pick a pass and the job for Andy Cole and others was made an awful lot easier because of the quality of the pass.

    Intelligent passing in and around the penalty area usually directly in front of goal is where a lot of goals are scored in the premiership nowadays and it’s players like Fabregas and Silva and Mata cause all the damage.

    This IMO is why Thauvin and SDJ will have such an important role to play in the team.

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Cheers mate. There are a lot of challenges culturally, outside of football and within football, but doing something I love so what more could I want!

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    from a previous thread, why would anyone want Evans and dawson as CBs? Evans is as error prone as titus Bramble used to be and dawson was shocking when hull went down.

    I’m much happier to be linked to any one of rutiger, veltman, matip, abdennour, van Dijk, n’kolou.

    Re Sissoko, mixed thoughts. he’s always been angling for a move away, while at the same time claiming he’s happy here.

    a real powerhouse with a great turn of speed but very poor touch and maybe he won’t suit a ”pass and move” side which hopefully we will now become.

    18M is quite tempting for someone who cost something like 2.3M originally.

  • 11 Liverpool Mag // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    People keep saying Gini is the Sissoko replacement but I’m hoping he’s the replacement for Cabaye!

  • 12 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Anyway, time to get on with some work. Catch up later.

  • 13 nut meg // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    We could do a lot better than Sissoko with 18m.As people have already commented on here, cash or cash + player/s we can have players in the team in their right positions to suit the style SM wants to play. ATM I have doubts as to whether Sissoko has a role to play.

  • 14 Rotonda heights // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    sparky exactly

    something likeover 90% of aerial crosses are headed away, where as cutbacks on the deck to an onrushing player or killer through balls are statiscally way more effective

  • 15 TudorCrisps // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Liverpool mag,

    Where still waiting Cabeyes replacement mate, A top notch playmaker and some one decent at set plays, we’ve been linked with a few, who’d you like to see come in?

    Personally I would like to keep sisoko this season and push forward

  • 16 swemag // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Rotonda, the return of investment for Sissoko would be something that would be very tempting, specifically as the more I look at our midfield the less I feel he has a place there.
    Selling him would bring in good funds to maybe go for the Tunisian CB in Monaco.

    Now, if given the option, would we swap Sissoko for a top class CB? Hell yeah!!

  • 17 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Sparky, good post. I agree.

  • 18 nut meg // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Lilo @ 9
    You said “what more could I want”….how about nice warm weather & some ice cold beer……oh ..hang on a mo!

  • 19 Bobbybee // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Lilv, doesn’t that just sicken you to the stomach? They’ll never clean up Fifa by promoting from within because it’s corrupt to the core. It needs everyone who was connected with FIFA during Blatters reign removing from power, even if it means a compensation packet to cover the unlikely event that somebody in there might not be corrupt – an unlikely thought anyway! The whole idea of S Africa getting the WC was the supposed legacy it would leave behind, but as always, individuals benefit ahead of genuine causes like your own. Hope his fooking mansion falls on his head because it was built by equally corrupt builders taking shortcuts. Now woildn’t that be poetic justive 🙂

  • 20 magpiesi // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    We need a right footer to play on right wing to put the crosses in for mitrovic, our squad lacks players who can wip a good ball from wide areas Arrons,haidara,janmaat are the best 3 two are f/bs.

    Last season we were playing counter attack with nearly all breaks away central via colback, sissoko,rivière,Perez or Cabella with no options to pass.

    If we had wingers that stayed wide wanting the ball it would make the other teams defenders move/make decisions giving us options. If it’s all down the middle thier cb just mark or stick with the player allowing thier f/backs space and able to push up against us to cross and score as we couldn’t defend high balls.

    More width gives more threat and space for De Jong/ mitrovic and commits defenders we haven’t had this for years.

  • 21 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    If spurs do offer 16+mill for Sissoko I’d love the club to use that money to invest in a move for Berahino.

    Alternatively, I’m hoping the club can negotiate a player + cash offer. Sissoko for 8mill + Eric Dier.

  • 22 TudorCrisps // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Hear Hear Anita one bites the dust

  • 23 Liono // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    He can leave. He was my favourite player for a while after his first few games where he looked like the next yaya, but his star has fallen.
    Hardly any goals or assists considering what he should be capable of in this team. He’s been the first or second name on the sheet for a while now, and hasnt repaid.

    Having said that, how much did he cost? £2.2 ? ashley will make a tidy profit whatever he goes for.

  • 24 lochinvar // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    No decision to make – at least for Sissoko.
    Spuds are not in the Champions League and with our new and improving squad we have more chance than they do go getting into the CL for next season. If he thinks Spuds are the answer he could find himself mid table next season and going nowhere fast.
    The French think that being in London is the answer as emotionally they see Londres as an extension of France and in fact Londres is the fifth (3rd?) largest French City by population. The problem is that they all think Mon Capitain Wenger is the next Napoleon and that Arsenal is Little Paris . That’s the ambition, not Spurs. . It’s cultural – it’s how the French think. McLaren is an intelligent guy and it’s no coincidence that we will have a wider Euro mix of players including a stronger Northern European and Dutch contingent next season. London-Paris is one local connection for Londres players . Newcastle-Brussels and Newcastle-Amsterdam are ours. Sissoko needs to smell the coffee and stay and contribute to a team that should be able to more than compete with the likes of Spuds and Everton and give Liverpool a run for their money.

  • 25 TudorCrisps // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    A say give him another shot under McLaren, we have all seen glimpses of what he can do maybe McLaren can get this week in week out, and with a better squad around him could also improve his playing style

  • 26 ITUNDERASHELL // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Sell him and bring in the Tunisian Beast.

  • 27 Tooooon // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Get rid, providing the money is re-invested into the squad.

  • 28 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Would rather we dont sell Sissoko there are plenty of players who need to be moved on before him

    Sissoko only really suits playing wide right but because of Pardew he thinks he is a playmaker !If he goes to Spurs or anyone of the top teams he will only get a game on the wing if hes lucky to even get a game

    Talk of 18 million is rubbish if Spurs were willing to spend 30 million on Lamella and all the other rubbish an inconsistent Sissoko is miles better than him so it should be the same amount of money

    We dont need to sell him as well so we should be squeezing them for as much cash as they can afford

    I would take 18 million plus Davies and Dier from Spurs which would solve our left back issue and give us another center half !

  • 29 will die for the toon army // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Sell him for 20m and we get Shaqiri and a good CB plus two young kids

  • 30 geordiemark // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    18 million for him id snap there hands off, could get to be a bidding war this one, he was a disgrace last season like most of the players were

  • 31 Rotonda heights // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    although shawlcross is a big bruising thug with a lot of experience and in some ways just what we need, he is not a footballing CB who can play it out from the back if we are going to now try and play football rather than hoofball.

  • 32 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Could be the agent starting to stir it I think, he deffo wants away though. Be very surprised if he is here come 1st September.

    I wish I was as confident as some that we will reinvest that money if we get it. I see it more as recouping what we spend this summer.

  • 33 Rotonda heights // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:02 AM


    Realistically though who is going to come in for obertan, goofy, marv, willo, saylor, colo. sadly sisoko is one of our few saleable assets who I wouldn’t mind seeing go.

  • 34 SuperShearer // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    He’s not good enough to start for a Champs League team so suppose Spurs are the nearest thing he could hope for as a starter…. that being said would he start for them? Suspect under McClaren he will start for us but most likely out on the right wing.

  • 35 Derek // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    I’d be happy to see him off ONLY if all the money for him I spent on a single replacement.

    Selling Sissoko for ~15m and to buy 3 more unproven youngsters is not going to improve the squad.

  • 36 switch365 // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Flog, but at our price not there’s! £25m – £30m if they really want him. After all we don’t have to sell.

  • 37 swemag // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    We are getting excited and rightly so, however, someone said we have a better squad than Tottenham.

    Given that they invested most of the Bale money over the last few windows the fans there must have been quite excited, not sure the team lived up to it.

    So for us, lets see what our new look team actually delivers before we think we are ready for the Champions League.

  • 38 VanToonMan // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:08 AM


    Apparently abdennour is in talks with Barca! If that is true then we can forget about him – hopefully rudiger, matip or howedes – would do very nicely.

    My take on Sissoko: We should be building a quality squad and SM could get the best out of him so I don’t really want to see him leave HOWEVER – if selling him for £15m+ means we will then go out and buy a top quality player (ideally winger or pacey forward) for £15m+ then I would say yes.

    Either way – we need 1 more big solid CB, 1 top class DMF and 1 quality right winger + 1 more top quality striker, which would mean that we could get hit with injuries and still put out a strong team.

  • 39 Bobbybee // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Tudor, imo Gini is a younger, fitter and better version of Cabaye. If spuds are offering 18 we could quote 25 and meet them in between somewhere – like 20ish. With Gini and De Jong, i reckon Sissoko could be surplus to requirements anyway and there’s a whole lot of good we could use it for. Abdenour, Shawcross – the list is endless really. Macca is putting his own stamp on the squad already, so he might already see Sissoko as a menas to an end. Even cash plus player would be a bonus. Either way, i reckon Macca will decide what he feels best for the club and i seriously think he’d sooner have 20 mil to play with from what he’s seen of Sissoko in the USA. We might not get a better offer and maybe should take the money and reinvest it.

  • 40 will die for the toon army // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Derek. Wat is he improving now

  • 41 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:10 AM


    But why do we need to sell him at all?the club had 34 million in the bank with at least another 15 million from the January sales as well as crazy TV money coming in !

    We should be keeping our better players to build a squad and getting rid of our deadwood even for free ! They are all out of contract anyway next year so we are losing money either way !

    Best to have youngsters play than give Obertan any more game time !

    I see we have been linked with Kevin Mirallas this morning I could accept Sissoko leaving if we are bringing in a player of his calibre as a replacement

  • 42 Liverpool Mag // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:14 AM


    I was hoping for Grenier, but not so much now. As long as the team is laid out well next season I’m just happy with whatever happens. if we sign a winger and another defender I think we’re okay.

  • 43 Novocastrian66 // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Sissoko can go. Found wanting all too often last season. Good player but has a heart the size of a pea and for a big bloke is weak in possession. I would be surprised if any club would be interested in him for over £15m

  • 44 Marty-Toon // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    We may have good players in midfield but Moussa is the only player in our squad that actually has power and drives on the team at times.
    De Jong and Wijnaldum won’t give us that.
    Think we should try our best to keep him unless we get a Sterling type offer for him

  • 45 will die for the toon army // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    The problem with Sissoko he sees us as a stepping stone and I dont know wat French players like with London.

    If he doesnt believe we can built a champions league team then he iz ok to leave.

  • 46 TudorCrisps // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:20 AM


    I agree in some ways mate but theres no harm keeping hold of him even if he’s a no starter some games its always good to rotate the squads playing styles throughout a match if need be. we all no competition for places is a good thing to have in a team and makes players want to be on that starting 11 so play to their best abilities.

    and where not exactly strapped for cash we could keep hold of him and still strenghen our squad.

  • 47 mindshaft // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Spurs get amazing money for their cast offs – demand £25 million from them at least

    Not sure why Sissoko would go – not champions league and unlikely to overhaul top 4 anytime soon

    Personally think we need to keep Sissoko, people on here are nuts and seem to blame him entirely for 2nd half of season – The amount of times I saw Colback just give up in games was amazing – he literally just thought b0llocks, had enough and just stopped – not sure why he gets off lightly

  • 48 TudorCrisps // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:25 AM



  • 49 El Sleeve // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    imagine this team with remy and cabaye. there is so much proof that once you leave newcastle, your career goes down the pan. only Andy Cole had any success after leaving

  • 50 expatmag // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    In my opinion, De Jong was bought as Cabayes replacement.

    If we can get anything north of 18 million quid for sissoko, grab it and offer Arsenal tje same for Walcott

  • 51 bladeuser // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Sell him he is totally overrated his control is poor all he has is pace but no end product but if u think we will get 18m for him u r dreaming 10 at most is all he is worth throw in willo and we might get 10.1

  • 52 richyg01 // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:43 AM


  • 53 posada // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Just hope the so called Football Board know what they are doing.
    Last season we brought in players that made little contribution to our season.
    Having said that everyone on here is happy with the signings so far.
    Swansea and Southampton – two examples of how to do it if only you have shrewd people in charge.
    Hopefully we now have.

  • 54 JP...from The Rock // Jul 24, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    For that kind of money I would sell but for nothing less. He is a constant threat to the opposition with his sheer strength and pace. But he does not offer that much more and is rather limited. If we sell we need to replace him ASAP as like it or not but Sissoko is an important cog in the team. The only player we have similar to him is Wijnaldum and that was meant to be Cabaye’s replacement not his.

    So if we do sell I woul,want us to go for a skillfull player that can pick a pass, has pace and a great shot in him. Oh and one that can be a threat from set-pieces too as we seriously lack on that department.

    The problem though that is easier said than done. But Shaquiri would be a good shout but is rather small and good easily be rather lightweight in the EPL.

  • 55 lesh // Jul 24, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    IF Sperz have bid £18m, the bin-dippers’ll be daft enough to pay £25m or thereabouts.

    In either case, he’s not guaranteed ECL football next season.

    Were he to go anywhere in England, my preference’d be Chelsea where he’ll not be guaranteed a game every week.

  • 56 Sav // Jul 24, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Moussa has attributes that few players can match. Lung bursting runs and the amount of ground he covers throughout the match with seeming ease. He also has immense strength and a decent eye for goal. The challenge is to find a role for these talents. I don’t know his best position and I suspect he doesn’t. The coach who does this will have a player.

  • 57 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 24, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Sav@55 – perfect summary. I think his potential is immense but it would be in everyone’s best interest if we got a big juicy fee and he moved to a CL club where he had proper coaching and good players around him.

  • 58 c-dog // Jul 24, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Was hoping to see the following this year.
    Tiote Colback
    Gini SDJ Mouss
    And with inevitable injuries Aarons getting plenty of game time.

  • 59 Ian Toon // Jul 24, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Lilongwe – On your earlier comments regarding Sissoko. I agree he had a poor season and at times appeared to either lack motivation or was too hot headed. I am thinking of the L’pool away game.
    He has flattered to deceive in that we won his first two games in a toon shirt, following his January 2013 signing – at Villa and at home to Chelsea . The latter was the game where Demba Ba headed Coloccini’s boot. Moussaka was outstanding and scored twice. He lost his way under a clueless Carver but SM can manage the so called big players. He could excell with 2016 Euro in mind. We need a big squad with more quality.
    He is versatile- in a holding DM position but he is not disciplined enough for me and lacks concentration in a covering role. I would prefer Colback or Anita. His best role is as an attacking midfielder.
    He has so much more to offer and I would like him to show it in a Newcastle shirt.

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