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Moussa’s Agent Furious At Benitez – Be Reasonable

9:43 am, Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 108 Comments

Moussa Sissoko’s agent has been interviewed in the French magazine Foot Mercato today and he is rather annoyed that Newcastle have put a massive £35M fee on Moussa’s head.

Apparently it had been agreed last summer that Moussa would spend one more year at the club to help Newcastle out before moving on.

Well that didn’t work out too well did it – we were relegated – and Moussa had a very poor season for us.


Moussa Sissoko in action for France

His agent is not named in the Foot Mercato report, but we assume it’s his uncle Bakari – who is part of the Mondial Sport agency.

This is what he had to say to Foot Mercato:

“We do not understand. It was agreed that Moussa stayed one more season at Newcastle to help the team.”

“He did the best he could. The club has always said Moussa could leave for between €18M (£15.2M)and €25M (£21.1M) maximum.”

“We hope that Rafael Benitez and the President will be more reasonable about Moussa’s future.”

“He has always been loyal, he has always respected the club, the fans. There are clubs who came to us and to Newcastle.”

“We are fully aware of their approaches. ” “We want everything to go well.”

Since last summer of course things have changed after the Euros this summer and Newcastle have a new manager in Rafa Benitez.

Moussa has looked fantastic in the last two or three games for France in Euro 2016 so it’s obvious his price in the transfer market will have gone up significantly.

So it’s not clear what Moussa’s agent gripe is – other than he wants to get a big pay-day by selling his client this summer and the high fee may prevent that.

Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Hamburg and Borussia Dortmund are all said to be interested in the Newcastle midfielder as are Manchester United and PSG.

We think a few of them would be willing to pay out the £35M Newcastle want and Geordie fans will not be too upset if Moussa finally leaves the club.

He has talked incessantly about wanting to leave the club for a Champions League club for the last three years

And based on Moussa’ performances at Euro 2016 he is worth £35M.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Transfer News and Rumours

108 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spoof // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:44 AM


    Your hitting your head against a brick wall mate, I’ve said many times that when Sissoko has played through the middle he has been consistently good but sadly he has rarely played through the middle, only twice has he been played through the middle for a run of games, the first time was the season before last when Obertan and Ameobi were our wingers and with Sissoko dominating the midfield we had a great run, and the second time was last season under Rafa and again he was consistently good, but like I say your wasting your time on this blog because most on the blog just don’t want to see this point, however putting that to one side his attitude and the manner in which he is constantly begging to get out is appalling so I do fully understand why he is so disliked, the truth is I’m starting to dislike him myself and that is from one who really rates him so highly.

  • 2 Ron Knee // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:45 AM


    I see Peter Beardsley’s U-21 side managed a win at the weekend. This is an unusual event, isn’t it?

  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    How accurate is the positional data on transfermarkt? According to this Moussa has played through the middle more than out wide here, and Rafa is the only manager to have used him on the left at Newcastle.

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Ha! Another feather in Pedro’s cap. Beating that illustrious outfit from Bradford Park Avenue. I think we can all agree that Pedro is the man really leading the revolution at the club after that stunning victory against the Vanarama National League North side. Who needs Rafa!

  • 5 Nufc-83 // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    The easiest thing to do on this one is just wait and see as it’s clear he will go to a big club due to his hype which most fans can see is just hot air. The manager will then be totally shocked st his inability to pass greater than 5 yards sideways or backwards, shoot or show any composure around the box, cross, show any sort of creativity or vision. He will end up as an impact sub so let’s just wait and see.

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    So the phrase wasn’t helping McClaren. That makes more sense.

  • 7 SuperShearer // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    His agent isn’t very bright is he? Rafa knows Sissoko is off but he wants to recoup a phat cheque in return. Fair enough given his performance at the Euros. The higher the transfer fee often the higher the wages the agent can demand for his player. Throw into the mix that Sissoko day dreamed through most of last season and his agent would do best to let the professionals do their job.

  • 8 Nufc-83 // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    NUFC when you play with 3 up top you dont have to use wingers. You can just as easily use rm, cm and lm with 3 strikers up front.

    442 you use wingers and most teams playing with one striker up front use wingers too.

    See spoofs answer for when he played well because he is spot on.

    Sissoko spent most of the last couple of seasons running the wing. He wasnt tucked in the midfield like a right or left midfielder, he sometimes cut inside but most wingers do that anyhow.

    But we will see who is right once he leaves. You no doubt think he will be an expensive sub whereas I think he will prove to be cheap and run midfield.

    I am sorry but i dont agree. RW for me is an out and out winger with little defensive responsibilities such as neymar. RM for me is someone who plays on the right side of the pitch but has to get back aswell as go forward and generally sits deeper than a RW. Please correct me if I am wrong somebody as he has me questioning my own answer now 🙂

  • 9 Bambams // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    It’s not unreasonable for the price. I would of happily taken £18-20 million at the end of the season but he has done very well during the tournament.

    Remember Guivarch. …..

    Rafa is no mug and the agent is quoting (allegedly ) what was suggested under previous managers.

    Let the battle commence, one thing for sure it’s win win for us – for once !


  • 10 Jib // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:02 AM


    I said McClaren because he was the new incumbent at the time is all.

    Help the club – the manager – the tea lady it’s all semantics

    He did the absolute minimum to get himself through to the Euros the idle bastard .

    He only ever put in a shift when the games were on Canal+ France.

  • 11 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Mondial have got so used to screwing us over they are seemingly shocked by some resistance (and honesty, and integrity) on our part, with Rafa rather than Charnley and Carr doing the business.

  • 12 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    NUFC 83 / FLE,
    In reality any of the formations mentioned could be played with wingers, or midfielders. Just naming 442 doesn’t really tell you how it is played, neither does 4231, 433, etc.

    All can be played in a variety of ways, with a variety of different positional nuances, just like pretty much any formation. The rest of the tactics and how the manager sets up would dictate this, rather than the formation alone.

  • 13 ToonRich // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Hold up, 99% of the euros Sissoko was played wide right or winger…He took the plaudits from most pundits for each match he played.

    I think whats annoyed many a toon fan is; he actually performed in this position, but when played in the same position for Newcastle he’s failed…

    In the previous thread I recal someone suggested we play him out of position…so France didnt?? :/

  • 14 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Sissoko and the TOON

    If the top brass had appointed a top manager in the first place instead of Pardew – did OK but lost the plot – but after him, bringing in Carver then McLaren instead of a the top manager then I would guess we would be still in the Premiership.

    BUT the Biggest mistake was not to bring a top manager in in December/January (don’t know when RAFA was sacked at Real) and I guess if we did we would still be in the Premiership and top players would of stayed.

    But in the position we are in now we don’t have the bargaining chips to hold onto top players.

    Rafa tell uncle Bakari that the price is £35 million – if the TOON don’t get the asking fee then he is still a TOON player

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Yeah, someone else posted about it and also said helping the manager, rather than club. That was why I mentioned it earlier, not as a criticism of anyone who had posted saying it.

  • 16 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Robert and Ginola were wingers in the fashion you mentioned but the game has moved on. Wingers are expected to track back and defend just as much as a RM/LM these days.

    Ritchie is a perfect example of this. He will run the line all day but will defend just as often as attack.

    Townsend played slightly inside bnecause he is an inverted winger and they are used tactically to cut inside all of the time.

    A normal winger though is someone who flies up the line and puts crosses in. Something Ritchie will do all day and night.

    Sissoko cant cross a ball to save his life

  • 17 Jail for Ashley // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    “He has always been loyal, he has always respected the club, the fans. There are clubs who came to us and to Newcastle.”


  • 18 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    The toon should tell the agent to scrap his fee. Hows that for being reasonable?

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    I don’t think Pardew dis lose the plot, in fact his doing so well under a shirty set up allowed the whole sorry saga to drag on until the end of last season.

  • 20 Nufc-83 // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Yes but what im saying is forget the formation then but if you look at how he was deployed for us with defensive responsibility (especially with defensive minded coaches we have had) he clearly played as a right midfielder not a right winger.

    toon Rich (and i am aware this point sounnds stupid when people point out these are ex players and managers etc) but if you actually watched the France games and analysed his performances they were poor to mediocre at best (apart from final). He didnt do anything of significance and often stifled attacks but the thing that annoys me is he was actually trying when for us he just was hiding and did not want to touch the ball at times. The Moussa bandwagon has turned into a load of hype that is great for us as it will drive his price up but whoever falls into this trap will be in for a nasty shock. Moussa used to be my favourite player when he came so i have nothing against the fella he just isnt a very good footballer.

  • 21 manxpie // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    The only consistent thing sisko has done in his toon career is be very inconsistent and usually rubbish especially in the middle if we get 25 mill it’ll be the deal of the century
    plus if his agent is so worried why doesn’t he advise him to put in a transfer request?

  • 22 martoon // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    We can argue as much as we want about the strengths and weaknesses of Sissoko but the fact is he doesn’t want to play in the Championship and wants to leave. So let’s sell him and get the best price we can for him which certainly should be boosted by his recent performances in the Euros.

  • 23 Oleg G // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    How disappearing in many games for 2 seasons and the show he is putting on since we dropped, comsidered to be respectful or can be called ”loyal”????

    He is a first class douche.
    A person with a bigger ego than his skills.
    A horrible combination.

  • 24 Nufc-83 // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Funloving i guess we are almost arguing about him being played in the same position then if you think of a RW as someone who gets up and down when i class Ritchie as a clear RM. The point is he is useless in that position and not good enough technically to be played as a CAM yet not good enough defensively to be played as CM or CDM.

  • 25 Jib // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:13 AM

  • 26 Oleg G // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:14 AM


    Lets say we don’t get any good bid for him and won’t sell.

    He is under a contract.
    Doesn’t want to play in the CS? That’s really cute.
    This is why a contract is signed.

  • 27 Nufc-83 // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    I really want Arsenal to go in for him imagine him being surrounded by the likes of Ozil and Ramsey etc.

  • 28 manxpie // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Sisko 118 games 11 goals
    guti 187 games 11 goals
    35 million deal of the century

  • 29 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    NUFC 83 We could argue about this all day but I’ll leave it and we will see how he performs for whoever he goes to. I still rate him, I just think that we have consistently misused him and that has led him to becoming lethargic.

    Not a good thing, I agree, especially on the wages he is on, but disillusioned players rarely perform at their best for their clubs.

  • 30 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    In a verbal contract, it is expected that BOTH sides fullfill thier part. Sissoko did not “help out”, so why should we sell him at the lower price? Agents are w@nkers

  • 31 martoon // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Oleg G @26 – Yes you are right but unfortunately the reality is these days that footballers and their agents seem to hold all the power. If a player wants to go it is very difficult to force him to stay – anyway I’m pretty sure we will get a decent offer for him after the Euros.

  • 32 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Whatever happen the powers that be made monumental cock-up in their choice of managers.

    bunch of Twa*ts – see Pogba’s agent – Mino Raiola is to make up to £30 million if he can negotiate a deal between Juventus and Man United

  • 33 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Sissoko will be in all the high class fashion shops while on holiday. He will by some really expensive stockings and suspenders, then when he gets back, he will show Arsenel some thigh, and flutter his eyelashes seductively at them. Basically what he has done here from day one.

  • 34 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:22 AM


  • 35 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:23 AM


    Having a fcuking ‘mare this morning.

  • 36 martoon // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    The thing I don’t understand about agents is as they are acting for the players then why do the club have to pay them? In any other business if you have an agent acting on your behalf then you have to pay them e.g. buying a house and solicitors etc. So surely the footballers should pay the agents from their signing on fee or percentage of wages NOT the club!

  • 37 ToonRich // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Nufc-83, think you missed my point!! Nevermind.

    I didnt rate much of MS’s play in the euros, he hasnt done anyting to help the toon in a couple of seasons. I wont be sad to see him go! If he does stay I hope he pulls his socks up and puts in some hard shifts.

    Ed, you say Rafa already know who he wants to replace Sox with…do share, or create some speculation 😉

  • 38 Nufc-83 // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Martoon it probably started like that but you can imagine when clubs are trying to get a player in they would offer them all sorts and i bet paying the agent fees slowly became a standard part of the offer to entice players.

  • 39 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Martoon its a good point but I think it would be a case of six and two threes.

    If they acted in the usual way then all they would do was negotiate more money for the player so he could pay the agent.

  • 40 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:28 AM


    I think the way they do it is that the signing fee is inflated to reflect the agents cut. It still means the club are being screwed by the agent, of course.

  • 41 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Toonrich I think Ed is on about Ibe.

  • 42 Al Yalayis Lad // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    I think we should look at what Uncle Bakri is saying ” he agreed he would stay one more year and help the club”

    I did not see Musa help the cause last season apart from the last few games, so really that could be breach of the “gentleman’s agreement” if there was one

    If we don’t have to sell, we can dictate the 35m , otherwise he can sit on the bench and join the tufty club

    Great player on his day, but like Christmas and birthdays, they don’t come around very often


  • 43 Yo-yo // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    These tournaments always add to player hype.The mediocre are made up to be great after a few reasonable performances.
    If we can get another £5m for Sissoko then great – it is for us to milk him now, not his agent who’ll do very nicely anyway.

    The guy is totally uncommitted to us, has delusions of being a CL standard player and Rafa managed to get him onside for that brief part of the season by clever man management. Get him out quick. He isn’t fit to lace Ramsey’s boots if he goes to the Gooners.

  • 44 AK Malaysia // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Sell sissoko for £25 mil. + 20% cut from next selling price as add on … if later he is valued at a minimum of £50 mil … Rafa will get his £35 mil money in the end…

  • 45 Yo-yo // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:39 AM


    Agent’s fees and inducements are basically bribes by another name.

  • 46 geordielad880 // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Newcastle have made a move for patrick bamford, would be decent signing for the championship

  • 47 AK Malaysia // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    But frankly speaking… i never rated sissoko more than £20mil after last season.. he do not have the heart esp when the going get tough … tend to lose interest during matches … easy to lose focus

  • 48 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    NUFC 83 if you see Ritchie as a RM then yeah we are arguing about the same position.

  • 49 Spoof // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    If we lose both Sissoko and Wijnaldum which is a strong possibility then we would be desperate for an attacking midfielder as we would be left with just De Jong, as good as De Jong could be having him as the sole attacking central midfielder with his injury record would be a huge risk so who would we go for as a replacement for these two guys.

  • 50 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Geordie lad he’s a canny striker. I always liked him. I think he could make it in the premiership too but know he didnt perform very well the last time but I feel tactics stunted his potential growth.

    I was kind of hoping (dreaming more like) that we could have done a deal to get Ings.

  • 51 Nufc-83 // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    AK malaysia no point in putting a sell on clause as he will be found out at his next club and probably end up being shipped out for a limited fee.

  • 52 JamesToon // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    I honestly think we just need to get rid of both Sissoko and Wijnaldum ASAP. It’s so clear they are desperate to leave so just let them go for around £15-20mil mark. We can’t have players in the dressing room next season who don’t want to be here and feel like they’ve been forced to stay as they can become poison to the dressing room

  • 53 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Spoof he might not play with an CAM.

    He could play mitro as target and have two pacy strikers behind him. Or one striker just behind him.

    We seem to have and be after a fair few strikers for only one up front.

  • 54 ToonRich // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Spoof, I know they’re pretty untested but couldnt Perez or Arma take over the AM position?

    I’d prefer a quality AM, but struggling to think of one that would be 1. available, 2. come to us 3. improve our first 11?

  • 55 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    James Toon as much as I rate Sissoko, Gini is the one I will miss the most. He will have a top season next season IMO no matter who he goes to.

  • 56 geordie157 // Jul 12, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Sissoko like his agent are fall of it.

    25mill I’d let him go for, if clubs don’t want to pay that then tough. It’s about time clubs took a stronger stance as players have far too much power and are easily led by their agents who really only care about their bank balance.

  • 57 hibbitt // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    both these deals could rumble on till the last day of the window

  • 58 Spoof // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:08 AM


    I would be amazed if Rafa done that seeing as he always prefers to play quick and mobile strikers rather than target men, he may keep Mitro for this season as his physicality could be useful in the Championship but if we get promoted I would expect Mitro to be sold in favour of a quick mobile striker.


    that for me is more of a possibility but again it is a risk especially if you take Aarons injury record into account, because Perez could very well be our left sided midfielder so that would really leave us short in the middle, personally if both Sissoko and Wijnaldum leave then failing to get a replacement could turn out to be a disaster, no doubt Rafa does have a contingency plan, at least I hope he has.

  • 59 Mister Tuff // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Really surprised that some folk think Sissoko is a top player.
    I’ve posted on here numerous times – his poor record from Toulouse onwards.
    Do people not see his poor ball control.
    Whilst folk are entitled to opinions ( opinions re football are the fuel which keeps the interest in the game) – I can only now think that those I decry probably thought Obertan was a top international winger.

  • 60 JamesToon // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:11 AM


    It doesn’t matter mate, we simply cannot risk having poisoned chalices in the dressing room. Do you really think an unhappy Sissoko/Gini who was forced to stay will be bothered to turn up on a cold rainy day at Burton?

  • 61 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Yeah spoof I think you are right. I see mitro being used as an impact sub for tactical changes like he did with Crouch.

    Then again, he did make an off the cuff remark about having to play a different way in this league but didnt expand on it so not sure if he was on about the formation being changed.

  • 62 Belfast // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Belfast // Jul 11, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Well ideally you want them gone by the start of the season or else it just becomes a sideshow. We’ll probably here from Sissoko or his agent pretty soon I think, probably deeply unhappy about the fee we’re demanding.

    Hehehe 🙂

  • 63 Belfast // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    As predictable as the flowers of May.

  • 64 JamesToon // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Transfer business still to do:
    – get rid of Gouffran, Riviere, Thauvin, Janmaat, Wijnaldum
    – Get £10mil plus Jordan Ibe for Sissoko from Liverpool
    – Buy Hanley/Caulker, Taylor/Targett

  • 65 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Mister Tuff I think when people constantly look for faults they will find them in any player.

    I rate him and thought overran was shocking ha ha.

    Sissoko has good technique IMO and really good off the ball movement too, something which many supporters miss because they are following the ball.

    I think Sissoko will surprise a lot of people on here next season. It will be interesting to see who is right.

    JamesToon its a good point but that doesnt mean we should give them away. I know and accept Sissoko wont play for us again but Gini might come around.

  • 66 Spoof // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:19 AM


    When I defend Sissoko it isn’t because of what he has done for us because his record for us is bad, very bad, the reason why I and perhaps others defend him is due to that we feel that he has been seriously mis-managed for the best part of his Newcastle career, I am not going to say that he is a great player as that would be wrong, but what I will say is that if he is played as a deep lying central midfielder where he can use his pace and power with two wingers on either side of him then I feel that he could be a great player, but we will never see.

    Now when he goes, as I’m sure he will, will he succeed at his new club, I don’t know, if used correctly he could succeed, if used as a winger or a right sided midfielder then he will fail and bearing in mind that he has played on the right so often his new club could well assume that he is right sided which will see him fail.

  • 67 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    JamesToon I wouldnt go for Caulker or Hanley. I would go for Lees if it was up to me.
    I agree about Ibe.

  • 68 Belfast // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    His agent knows that nobody is going to pay 30 million upwards Ed that’s why he’s crying about it.

    This kernt will probably try and make life extremely difficult for us over the next few weeks.

    Get rid asap.

  • 69 Spoof // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:24 AM


    I have to agree, it’s so long since we have had such harmony at the club that it would be a crying shame if we lost that harmony due this farce.

  • 70 martoon // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Thanks lads for your answers about agent fees – while I understand you have to admit that it is a weird situation that the agent extracts the best deal he can for his player from the club and then charges the club a fee for doing it!

  • 71 Jib // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    This writer for Foxsports in Italy is gobsmacked that PL apart NUFC is 2nd behind Atletico Madrid and ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona in the spending stakes.

    I hope we don’t become the Championships’ Man U the team everyone loves to hate !

  • 72 Nufc-83 // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Spoof he has played numerous times as a deep lying midfielder and the fact is he has no technique to control and pass quickly and he cant defend. Can you not remeber he was playing there in one game last season and he put in such a weak challenge when he should have won the ball easily and the player went onto score (which i had a better memory to remember the team).

  • 73 Toon Tang // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    “We hope that Rafael Benitez and the President will be more reasonable about Moussa’s future.”

    What an absolute prize bawbag.

    If chuffing Moussa the mouse had shown even half a shred of decent footy last season bar maybe the last game, he probably wouldn’t have found himself in this position. I’ve developed a deep hatred for the mouse after these performances for France during the Euros.

    I just want him gone personally because he 100% doesn’t want to be here and it will just be another season of him fannying around the pitch, suddenly not being able to make simple 2-yard passes.

  • 74 Belfast // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Aye Spoof it just becomes a distraction as it drags on.

    I would honestly just sell for 20 now and bring in two players with the money. Him and his agent will probably pull all sorts of strokes if the club keeps up the current stance.

  • 75 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Thought I had better add that when I say he has great technique I am not on about when he plays in a position which IMO is not suitable to him.

    I see him as a David Platt type player who will run from deep centrally and race to the box, thus enabling other players to improve their positions and movement off the ball.

    I think too many of our previous managers have told him to defend and defend or run the wing (or right midfield lol, not getting back into that one).

    Something Benitez alluded to when he said he had to tell him to get into the box more often.

    It had been coached out of him.

    It looks like one of the top teams will get him and there isnt a Pardew, Carver or Mcclaren in sight so I think they will play him in what I feel is his true position (as does he himself) and we will see a completely different Sissoko because he will be played to his strengths not his weaknesses.

  • 76 banjax // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    It makes you laugh when football agents cry foul. They want the best of both worlds not forgetting they extract massive fees in the process for themselves. The players and agents are so used to having their own way that it makes a refreshing change to see our club sticking up two fingers to the leeches and making them tow the line. Rafalution !

  • 77 one fine day // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    So it seems we have disappointed those at Mondial?
    Does that mean they won’t want offload anymore of there eurotrash to us via Monsieur Carr?
    Wow win in my book .
    And as was said earlier bakeri can’t be too bright as his agent .
    Mondial arithmatic class day one
    “Now everyone what is more ? 10% of 35 m or 10% of 20 m?
    Now add to that an estimate of what he is likely to be worth in real terms when he comes down from his stade de France ” crack high” ?
    That’s correct two thirds of f@@k all.

  • 78 funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Does it have to be a written transfer request?

    Sissoko has verbally said he wants to leave and hopes the club sells him ASAP. That IMO is a verbal transfer request and surely in a court of law, due to the fact he did it publically, it would be treat the same as a written one.

    Or is it an F.A. Euefa thing that it has to be written?

  • 79 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    I wonder who the genius was at the club who came to that agreement? No wonder he just went through the motions last season. In his mind he was obviously just biding time to get his move.

  • 80 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Sissoko absolutely dominating the headlines.

  • 81 nightfa11 // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    sissoko has benitez to thank for the euros..he got him up to form.. and considering he was sleepwalking most of the matches..of course hes gonna have a good euros..he was well rested compared to other players..

  • 82 Jib // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    I think it was probably McClaren.
    He did state early doors how impressive a specimen Sissoko was.

  • 83 custurd // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Here’s a chance for “Big Mike” to leave a positive mark on football (for a change) by making an example of Sissoko and Wijnaldum, both of whom are contracted until 2019/2020. He doesn’t need the money, so dump their asses in the reserves until their contracts expire. By that point, they’ll both be close to thirty years old with their “best” years behind them. Someone needs to make a stand against this so-called player/agent power and reiterate the importance of the contract.

  • 84 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    If sissoko wants to leave so badly, there is always the option of buying out his own contract.

  • 85 Hail Wor Ashley // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    £25m+ for Sissoko

    £20m+ for Gini

    £8m+ for Tahuvin

    £7m+ for Janmaat

    £7m+ for Krul

    Gouffran, Riviere and Haidara a total of £5m

    Looking at £70m+ to play with. We’re laughing.

    Hanley was Blackburn’s player of the season and captain, at £5-6m he’d be a good start to bring competition to CB.

    Assume £30m aside for January and to help plug the shortfall from relegation.

    That’ll leave £35m for another CB, a LB, a winger and possibly a ST, though I’m happy with what we’ve got there.

  • 86 SPRINGY // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    theres a lot of talk about jordan ibe,has any one seen anything from this lad to suggest a 15m price tag is fair…seems a very large fee for a fairly unproven youngin…but i’ve only seen little of the lad to be fair.

  • 87 Belfast // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    It doesn’t benefit us at all custurd. West Brom tried it last season with Bearhino and it blew up in their face. They got absolutely nothing out of him all season and he’ll leave this summer for less money. One of the biggest disiplinarians in football Tony Pulis couldn’t get anything out of him. Players have the power unfortunately.

  • 88 Belfast // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Lets just hope for a quick sale in both cases.

  • 89 cyprus // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Let him go. You can’t hold somebody back like that. Personally I’m confident someone will cough up the money. In a team like juve where everything isn’t expected from you, he’ll be a star. We expected this guy to make those runs, cross, defend, score goals. Not sure why he was selected for criticism when there were so many worse ones. I guess you know.

    All this interest must be slightly confusing and embarrassing to Sissoko haters. If he’s that bad, why the fuss?!

  • 90 SPRINGY // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    i see the mirror are saying rafa is thinking about peter crouch?….at 35 his best days are done, hope this is bollicks tbh.

  • 91 welshgeordie9 // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Our latest target, have a guess who it is gents, which for forward we have been linked with.

  • 92 welshgeordie9 // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:38 PM


    Spoil sport, you beat me to it.

  • 93 SPRINGY // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    i wonder thauvin is in rafas plans?
    aarons has been hit and miss we’ve lost townsend and probably sissoko,we’ve brought in ritchie aye but seem a little bare on the wings,perez should’nt be played on the left,had a good game at man utd if i remember right but really looked poor or very uncomfortable when pushed out there same with gini,who will also probably leave….something to think about i suppose.

  • 94 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    JIB he can’t buy his own contract he can only do that if he is on his final year of his contract but he still got 3 years in it

  • 95 SPRINGY // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    haha sorry welsh!lol
    not very often i beat u to the punch with the latest so let me have that one aye!!lol

  • 96 Jib // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Bad stammer there mate !
    You nervous ?

  • 97 SPRINGY // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    liverpool offer 18m for sissoko…yet want 15m for ibe?…..crazy

  • 98 welshgeordie9 // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    This news about sissoko and Gini, it’s already starting to do my swede in, let them go we want a defender, winger and forward, so far that money, sissokos money we could get.

    Hanley £6 million
    Ibe £15 million
    Forward whatever we have got left because we don’t what he will go for in the end.

    Gini, his money whatever we need left, depending who goes, it’s not rocket science ffs.

  • 99 SPRINGY // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    ibe for 15m is daft though welsh,8m tops, the lads not even a regular first team player.

  • 100 welshgeordie9 // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Speaking of Hanley we made two bids for that was Saturday, sundayish, it’s now Tuesday, so how hard is it to make a frigging third bid, why do they always fanny about.

  • 101 welshgeordie9 // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:52 PM


    I know mate, but is there any player worth what they manger thinks they worth.

  • 102 welshgeordie9 // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:53 PM


    Why would i be nervous mate.

  • 103 SPRINGY // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    with newcastle starting so low in money offer it was always going to take time,i think 6-7m for a 24yr old captain and international with experience of the league we have just dropped into is a good deal tbh.

  • 104 welshgeordie9 // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Is it a bit of coincidence signing more players has gone pretty slow since Benitez gone to Ireland, can’t count Haynes because that was more or less done before he left.

  • 105 SPRINGY // Jul 12, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    its more about what he’ll produce,in this league 15m pound player needs to produce,im not convinced this lad can as ive not seen enough of him….if we were to sign him,hope im wrong like.

  • 106 welshgeordie9 // Jul 12, 2016 at 1:01 PM


    I’ve got a mate who’s a massive Liverpool and he rates him very high, he knows his stuff, I’ve seen him play a few times when they were in Europe, some say he’s going to be the next big thing, they have got quality players coming through their youth academy.

  • 107 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 12, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    If Sissoko or Gini leaves, I’d be inclined to make a bid for Loftus Cheek from Chelsea. Undoubted talent, but will likely be on the fringes of first team once Conte brings in his own players. Not sure how much he would cost, probably a fair whack, but would be a very good signing and a player who will develop into a comfortable top 6/7 Prem player with experience.

  • 108 Nufc-83 // Jul 12, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Cyprus i think you have underestimated what effect hype can have on a players value and those that are interested. Lets actually see who stumps up the big money and how he plays once he has gone before you get all smug.

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