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These Clubs Lining Up And Already Negotiating For Sissoko

3:37 pm, Monday, July 25th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 72 Comments

Earlier today we reported on news in Italian publication Tuttosport and the say that European Champions Real Madrid are willing to pay €35M (about £30M) for Moussa Sissoko but that’s still £5M short of the Newcastle price for their star midfielder.

Moussa Sissoko is due back at Newcastle next Monday, but we are hoping a deal can be done before then, because the stuff (circus) surrounding Moussa is getting in the way of some important stuff.

Rafa and the players are busy preparing for our first Championship game of the season at Craven Cottage on Friday 5th August, where we really need a win to start off the season in the right way.

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Moussa Sissoko in action for Newcastle

There’s news in France today in publication that both Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool have approached Sissoko’s agent and told him of the wages they would be willing to pay the Newcastle midfielder if he joined them.

The logic they say – is they want to make sure they can satisfy Moussa’s wage demands before they go and do the much more difficult step – which is to try to agree a fee with Newcastle, a club they will find are very tough negotiators.

But it could also be easy – Newcastle want £35M for Moussa and nothing less.

With so many clubs now interested in Moussa – Juventus want him as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba if Paul joins the Red Devils – the odds look really good we can get the full £35M.

Then Newcastle would have ample time to get in a replacement or two before September rolls around.

We hope so, but it’s also looking like Newcastle will also play hardball with two of our remaining high profile players Daryl Janmaat and Florian Thauvin.

The club want at least £10M and £12M respectively for the two to leave Newcastle – but we hope both of them stay.

What we don’t want to happen is to lose all of our top players before September rolls around.

They are the types of players we will have to buy next summer if are a Premier League club again – and money in the bank absolutely does nothing for the team – as we have found out over the last rather desperate nine years.

Comments welcome.

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

72 responses so far ↓

  • 1 robertsleftfoot // Jul 25, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    I simply cant see any team willing to give anywhere near £30 million for this guy. 2 games at the Euros surely cant be enough for European giants such as Juve and Madrid to part with £35 mill. There are lots of players who you could get for less and who are better!!!

    How much would Fabregas or Matic cost?? How much Whilshere or Ramsey cost??

  • 2 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 25, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    spoof /lil and the rest of the gang
    Maybe Sissoko’s agent who I think is his brother has been given permission by both parties to speak to the clubs in question.

  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 25, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    He could have been, but I doubt Liverpool are interested. Grujic, Wijnaldum, Mane, Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana, Henderson etc. Not a position they need at the moment, and certainly not at the price quoted.

    As for Real Madrid, where would he play? Kroos, Isco, Modric, James, Casemeiro, Kavacic, Asensio. Add to that Bale, Ronaldo and Vasquez who have been playing in the 3 behind. Where does he fit into that? Answer, he doesn’t, unless they sell a few.

    Juve is more likely, but an easy story to create given Pogba’s protracted departure. How many other midfielders have they been linked with?

  • 4 Very Terry // Jul 25, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    A pleasure to read the blog comments today (tonight where I am).

  • 5 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 25, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    I could see Klip Klop getting rid of Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana, Henderson etc.
    At the moment the dippers don’t have a ball carrying midfield player

  • 6 Spoof // Jul 25, 2016 at 3:58 PM


    from previous thread

    I agree mate, probably just another parer/mag with space to fill up.

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    You don’t pay £35million for a ball carrier though. I can’t see him getting rid of all of them, He worked pretty hard to sign Grujic in Jan, so I’d expect him to feature this season.

    I can’t see him getting rid of all of those players. If he was I think at least 2 of them would have gone already. He is leaving it late for such a radical overhaul of his midfield.

  • 8 Spoof // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:01 PM


    I’d take Henderson and Lallana in a flash.

  • 9 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Lallana was one of the few England players who bothered themselves. I can’t believe Liverpool will sell him. Henderson for me is one of the most overated players I have ever seen. He is a competent club player, but no more imo.

  • 10 Spoof // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:09 PM


    Its was Henderson’s club performances which give me the reason for wanting him, and Lallana has always impressed me, he rarely gives the ball away and is a real handful, I very much doubt that either would drop down to the Championship but it’s good to dream, especially Lallana, that would be awesome.

  • 11 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    I can see Klop completely overhauling the midfield – to play the style of football he wants

  • 12 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    If Sissoko is interesting Liverpool then of all Liverpool players, I’d prefer to try for Markovic and see if Rafa can persuade him to join – assuming he hasn’t already gone somewhere this summer.

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Maybe, but he appears to be leaving it quite late to do so if you are right.

  • 14 Spoof // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Anyway I must go as the wife is back, she’s been away for four days so I suppose I should welcome her home and ask if she’s enjoyed herself, not that I’m bothered but it keeps the peace.

  • 15 Rotonda heights // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    ”I could see Klip Klop getting rid of Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana, Henderson etc.
    At the moment the dippers don’t have a ball carrying midfield player”
    – – – – – – – – –

    Hello !!!!!!!! We’d kill for a Coutinho or Lallana (maybe not so much)

  • 16 Nufc-83 // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Lol are people even talking along the lines of Llalana and Henderson coming to us let alone one of the best players in the premiership in Coutinho. Can i have what you guys are smoking please.

  • 17 ToonMauritius // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Hi friends, wish Rafa will go for Kieran Trippier . He is surplus at Spurs.

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Can anyone remember a footballer called Keith Robson from Hetton Le hole who played for us Norwich and West Ham. He scored in an FA cup semi final for the hammers and played in the cup winners cup final the year after. He’s a baggage handler at Norwich heliport now, I’ve known him for a few years now but never knew of his past a player of his stature now would never work again.

  • 19 kilcline // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Only player I could see us getting from Liverpool is Flanagan, a quality full back but injury prone.

    We should be spending money again knowing full well we will cash in on Sissoko and most probably Krul.

    Matt Targett, Henry or Taylor for left back please, would give us much needed balance.

    Then go sign the likes of Che Adams who will hopefully become our Dele Alli.

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Andros Townsend leaving should be the move that all those uninspired by our signings indicates how hard it is to attract players to the Championship. He could have achieved hero status here and he has not left for a CL club but to play in a decrepit stadium in front of half the fans for a long ball counter attack merchant.

  • 21 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    None of the rumours around Sissoko sound convincing at all. That’s why he’s still with us. I think he will go but not to Real Madrid and not to Liverpool.

  • 22 Belfast // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    I can’t see us getting nearly 30 million for him either. I really hope he’s up the road asap though.

  • 23 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    Don’t we usually say “let’s give the lads 10 games before we decide they’re hopeless?” Well I think Rafa and the team certainly deserve that. I think they look like a good group who will fight hard and there’s plenty of talent in there as well.

  • 24 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    He’s more likely to go to fake madrid, or kidneypool.

  • 25 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:52 PM


    Tufty wanted 10 games…then october…then xmas….et.c.
    We have learned our lesson 😀

  • 26 geordie157 // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Left back wish list, Charlie Taylor, Rico Henry, Luke Garbutt or Matt Targett

    Of those Henry and Garbutt I think we could get in quickly.

    Is Haidara due back soon??

  • 27 lochinvar // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Sissoko repeatedly states that he craves Champions League football to fulfil his ambitions and to protect his French team standing.

    That rules out Liverpool, ManUre and Everton for starters.

    Real Madrid and Juventus on the other hand….

    Arsenal – seem very quite at the moment but The Emirates is Little France in London ( France’s fifth biggest City by French population ) and they are in the Champions League and have the cash so maybe they are waiting in the wings.

    Moussa – you have choices to make !

  • 28 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    They’re going to be a good team for us this season YCMIU mate. Rafa is no Tufty. He’ll have them playing some sweet footy. Harrumph!

  • 29 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    I think Arsenal might be the one to go for Sissoko as well lochinvar mate. I could see him galloping down the pitch with them (not scoring mind, just galloping down the pitch).

  • 30 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    It’s a no to Henderson for me. We’ve already got players of his level at the club in midfield. He wouldn’t improve us. And no to Flanagan as well. Forget about player swaps with Liverpond. It’s not going to happen. Harrumph!

  • 31 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 25, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Arsenal? Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla, Xhaka, Elneny, Sanchez, Walcott, Oxlade, Wheelchair, Coquelin. Where does he fit in, other than on the bench.

  • 32 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Good point Lilongwe mate but of that lot I think they might move several on. Ozil is brilliant, Ramsey can be decent but is injury prone like Wheelchair, not convinced at all by Coquelin or Elneny. All the big clubs have plenty to choose from but still buy more players. It’s what you do when you’re up at the top.

  • 33 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Work to do now. Back later I hope.

  • 34 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 25, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Coquelin and Elneny are combative midfielders though, something Sissoko isn’t. He is more likely to be in direct competition with Sanchez, Ozil, Cazorla, Ramsey and the others playing off the striker.

  • 35 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 25, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Coquelin and Elneny are combative midfielders though, something Sissoko isn’t. He is more likely to be in direct competition with Sanchez, Ozil, Cazorla, Ramsey and the others playing off the striker.

    Plus they buy and look to improve the squad. Is Sissoko an upgrade on any of them? Maybe Walcott, but it isn’t much of an upgrade and why pay the rumoured asking price for a player that isn’t a major upgrade.

  • 36 Veltmann // Jul 25, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Lil – Arsenal released Flamini and Arteta.And may loan out couple more.So there may be a place for him if he moves there.But to get a starting birth,
    he has to fight isn’t he?Like any player.
    I was convinced he will go to Juventus but it seems they have someone else in their plan,and he is 3rd or 4th choice in their list.Same goes to Liverpool,they may want him to replace Allen and fight for his place.For me,unless Liverpool buy him somehow, he will stay here.

  • 37 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 25, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Apologies for the double post. Thought I’d stopped the initial post sending.

  • 38 Veltmann // Jul 25, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    I am sure most want him to stay. 😀

  • 39 hibbitt // Jul 25, 2016 at 5:43 PM


    what makes you say that
    from my experience fans that go to the games most would prefer to leave

  • 40 cyprus // Jul 25, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Lol. Not good enough for arsenal, but good enough for juve and Real. Lads, your hate for the guy is blurring your vision.

  • 41 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    Again good points Lilongwe mate. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if he leaves us and where he goes. I’m not keen on keeping a wantaway. I know Rafa rates him highly (or so it seems based on his comments) but Sissoko would never be satisfied staying with us now. If somebody wants to pay us 30 or 35M for him then I’d bite their hand off. We could then bring in a LB and possibly another CB and even an AM who would help us get back up.

  • 42 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 25, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    If Sissoko went to Arsenal the only position he would get a game would be on the right wing hes much better than Ox and Walcott in that when he is in the mood he can actually make chances unlike those 2 who do nothing all game !

    Its been a problem position for Arsenal for a while as they always end up playing people out of position but then they could get a better winger than Sissoko for 35 million !

  • 43 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    I think Chamberlain and Walcott have gotten far too comfortable at Arsenal. Wenger will have noticed. He’ll bring somebody in to compete and wake them up. It may not be Sissoko. Who knows how highly Wenger rates him?

  • 44 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    This is amazing! We have real footy palaver on here today!

  • 45 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Interesting that Magath told Hangeland to put a block of cheese on his leg to heal a thigh injury! I don’t think we ever tried that, even under Johnny C. and JokeinEar….

  • 46 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    No wonder he got sacked. 😆

  • 47 bettyswallocks // Jul 25, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    This El Mhanni looks a bit special. Unbelievable skill levels and ball control. Moussa is the only player we have that can match his close control.

  • 48 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    I’ve got a sore back. Trying the block of cheese method now……

  • 49 brklyngeordie // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    As much as I too like to see us make a good signing as the next fan is anyone besides me feeling like we have our team in place and am very comfortable with what we got?

    I was impressed by Townsend last season and disappointed to see him leave but at same time IF healthy feel like Aaronns is going to be a big player for us and I know it’s a big IF

    I don’t know why everyone keeps thinking we need another striker as well Mitro,Gayle and PEREZ who I think will really thrive this year believe can get the job done and feel that as a 4th option Armstrong is worth keeping

    The back line seems solid to me although the LB and RB might need an addition there but confident in that area as well

    GK seems to be our strength

    Now the midfield will be an area I need to see something in Shelvey this year was happy when we got him looked good early then fell in Rafa’s dog house, Saivet is still unknown and Colback gives his all but nothing special honestly but offers versatility, would have liked to snap up the kid who went to Bournemouth from Leeds but that boat has sailed but feel we need an addition in this area

  • 50 Tsunki // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Very funny Betty. The kids ball skills look like one of those table tennis bat and ball with a string attached things, whereas Moussas control looks like he’s wielding a cannon ball from a scaffolding pole attached by a chain.

  • 51 Tsunki // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    G2 if you want a real huge block of cheese get Welsh to crack one of his funnies

  • 52 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Excellent idea Tsunki mate! As it stands, I still have a sore back but now I smell like cheese……

  • 53 SUTTY1978 // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Brklyn, we should look at Alex Mowatt from Leeds, much more experienced and with more quality than Che Adams that we have been linked with, both are the same age. Leeds have and have had some very good young English players.

  • 54 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    That young lads ball control skill remind me of why we moved Cisse on….. Harrumph!

  • 55 roblee7 // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Probably nothing, but noticed Huntelaar followed the official NUFC twitter @nufc page yesterday…

  • 56 SUTTY1978 // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    G2, perhaps the cheese needs to be rolled first, I would imagine cheese rolling is right up your street

  • 57 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Or we could try Che Guevera. A revolutionary football if ever I saw one….

  • 58 brklyngeordie // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Was going to mention him but not sure if he is a middle of park midfielder one who would win ball back for us or an advanced midfelder? Would take him though and agree Leeds had Byram for taking few seasons back but Carr to busy scouting crap in France

  • 59 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    How did you know I was a cheese roller Sutty mate? That’s spooky……

  • 60 SUTTY1978 // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Brklyn, yeah he’s more advanced but we have just lost Wijnaldum there. Some of the goals that he’s scored are absolute beauties. No idea what it would take for them to sell but I would guess maybe £4-6m, well worth it.

  • 61 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Does anybody have any home remedies for a sore back? I’ve tried all the usual ones aside from cheese. You know them of course, salad punching, hanging melons from your armpits etc. etc…..

  • 62 SUTTY1978 // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    G2, the first rule of cheese club is, don’t talk about cheese club

  • 63 Thump // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    @roblee7: Well, if he has, he has unfollowed them now.

    Does anybody know when the season tickets are sent out? I’d have thought they’d have been sent now.

  • 64 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Shhhhhh Sutty!

  • 65 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Tsunki I thought you would be able to help me out. The melons are starting to pull my pit hairs out…….

  • 66 WWSBRD // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    He was still following NUFC 5 minutes ago when I checked but he is following a lot of clubs aswell so I think little of it either way

  • 67 scubydu // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    G2 On the radio at the weekend it said viagra is good for sciatica ( no joke ).

  • 68 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    But what about the side effects scuby mate? Do I really want to walk around with a huge (and I mean really, really huge) lump in my pants just to reduce my back pain? Harrumph…..

  • 69 scubydu // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Make the wife happy though ?

  • 70 Thump // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    @WWSBRD: Interesting, I’ve just checked and it’s not on the top of his list (where I believe displays the most recently followed).

  • 71 GeordieTwo // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    But wouldn’t that give me a sore back again scuby mate? Oh, I suppose I could make the sacrifice…….

  • 72 WWSBRD // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Oh no idea when he followed them haha just scrolled through and looked at the ones we mutually followed it was a fair way down right next to Arsenal Man Utd Man City and Chelsea haha

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