Sissoko – What It Would Take To Leave Newcastle


Rafa had said before the game last night at Fulham that he had talked with both Moussa Sissoko and his agent about what needs to happen before Moussa will be allowed to leave Newcastle.

That basically is that a bid for Moussa comes in at Newcastle’s valuation of him which is said to be around £35M in cash.

moussa sissoko a-300x225

Moussa Sissoko in France’s colors

And in his long interview with Foot Mercato today Moussa has talked about what is needed for him to leave Newcastle:

“As I said Newcastle is open. If any club put the asking price, Newcastle will not reject the offer. Maybe these clubs there have not been offering what the club wanted.”

“It was fine (coming back to Newcastle).  “I was welcomed and congratulated. I had the opportunity to see colleagues.”  “They were happy with my Euro, that of the France team.”

“They know all my desires. They support me, they are behind me.”

“It’s been a week since I returned. I was able to work out with the group.”  “Everything went well.”   “It was nice to see them again.”

“Rafa and I have discussed things. He said he expected an offer, if everything was in good order, there would be no problem.”

It seems Rafa and Moussa are in lock-step on his potential move – that’s good – but Moussa also knows it may not happen.

I’m not a betting man, but if I was it seems there’s a good chance Newcastle could get the full £35M they want on Moussa.

That’s because there’s still a lot of hype surrounding Sissoko and some really big clubs (with money) are said to be interested in signing him.

With the Paul Pogba move to Manchester United almost certain to be announced soon, things could move quickly after that.

If Newcastle do sell Moussa then Rafa may want to use some of that £35M to further strengthen the Newcastle side before August is out.

Last night’s performance was worrying.

Comments welcome.



You can share this articleShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePin on PinterestDigg thisShare on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on Tumblr

116 comments so far

  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #1

    people need to understand that this fulham team is not the same team which played last season and barely avoided relegation manger has brought in 3 new defenders and a new GK there pre season results were also good and there manager is a good manager who promoted watford

    0
  • JamesToon

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Honestly think a left back should be top priority, we desperately need someone who is good at defending and going forward. Dummett can defend but when we’re chasing a game he gets exposed because he has no pace.

    0
  • Slank

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Sounds like a reasonable and honest reply.

    He would like to leave and the club will not stand in his way other than receive a fee acceptable to them.

    0
  • BandB

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #4

    James,

    I’d argue that a left specialist winger with creative flair would negate some of the need for a supercharged jack-of-all-trades left-back.

    0
  • JamesToon

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Statistically Tom Cairney was the best passer last night, made the most passes in the opposition half and had the most touches for Fulham.

    We should go for this lad looks a very decent player and could solve our creativity problems. Would like victor Moses or Ryan Fraser for a winger, Charlie Taylor or Rico Henry for left back and Diafra Sakho, Abel Hernandez, Assombalonga or Wells for striker

    0
  • JamesToon

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Really hope villa and Wednesday lose today

    0
  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Why don’t we just play Mbabu at Lb? He has proven (albeit in 2 games) himself there against Chelsea and Manchester city. Honestly would rather him there then Dummett, I’m losing my patience with him. He’s just not cut out to play anywhere but Cb, his body language when he gets the ball is that of a tortoise that has seen a predator close by. He panicks and takes the easy route out everytime, there is no football side to him other then defence. Hence Cb being where he should play.

    0
  • SPRINGY

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #8

    james toon
    not sure about your statement on dummets pace,im sure i read he was one of the quickest players in the league last year…..might be wrong, but im sure its been mentioned a few times on this blog as well.

    0
  • SPRINGY

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #9

    james toon
    thats not to defend the lad,as i think there is better and worse left backs out there, but if u are to argue whether he should be in the side or not.. his pace might not be the best thing to attack.

    0
  • JamesToon

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Springy

    Have you seen him?!! He’s one of our slowest players!!! He gets bypassed and skinned so easily!

    0
  • Slank

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #11

    JamesToon

    If Dummitt had the attacking capabilities of Hiadara or Hiadara had the defensive capabilities of Dummitt then we would have a cracking player but perhaps too good for the Championship.

    I don’t understand why so many want to see the right footed Gamez replace Dummitt. Is it because he is so superior to Dummitt based on their extensive coverage of him playing for us ? Nobody appears to favour the left footed Clark as a left back.

    0
  • Yo-yo

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #12

    YMFB

    If Mbabu had a good run – fully fit and uninjured – then I’d agree with playing him as a starter. He’d then need to get a good playing relationship going with a new LW – who we also need – as Band B suggests – as a priority.

    0
  • Cyrus Varten

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Pretty much sums up everything that went wrong yesterday

    http://www.infeature.com/five-problems-with-nufcs-performance-at-fulham/

    0
  • JamesToon

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Need full backs who can keep up with wingers, Ayite absolutely rinsed us in the second half

    0
  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #15

    James, Ayite moved centrally and they pushed Aluko up top in the second half. He caused us problems in the middle because Hayden and Colback weren’t giving the necessary cover for our defence.

    I agree WWSBRD. Who’s going to be that winger though?

    0
  • nearly

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #16

    jamestoon

    dummet did not have a good game last night,his timing was a bit out but to say he is to slow REALLY

    0
  • Belfast

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #17

    Villa play Wednesday tomorrow so that wish won’t be granted James toon. 🙂

    0
  • RolandoOverhead

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #18

    @JamesToon

    From last season – Revealed! Top six fastest players in the Premier League, including Liverpool and Manchester United speedsters

    “Joint 4th, Paul Dummett clocked a speed of 21.8mph for Newcastle United this season”
    Martial and Vardy both clocked 22mph!

    Here’s the link in case you think I made it up – talksport.com/football/revealed-top-six-fastest-players-premier-league-including-liverpool-and-manchester-united?p=4

    0
  • BandB

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #19

    As some wag pointed out then, Dummett had hold of Martial’s shirt at the time.

    0
  • MadisonToon

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #20

    I agree that Dummett can be fast when he gets to top speed, thanks for the article putting the numbers out there. However, he isn’t quick enough – his first step is slow as his the second step and that’s all it takes to get around a fullback. That forces him to dive into challenges more often than other fullbacks getting him into trouble. You can be the fastest person in the world but if you aren’t quick off the mark then you won’t be a successful football player.

    I would like to see Mbabu or Gamez start there next game. A creative LW player would also go a long way as many have called for already. Will be interesting to see how the rest of Rafa’s recruitment spree ends up at the end of the window.

    0
  • posada

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #21

    We didn’t have a left back in May. We don’t have one now.
    We didn’t have a left winger in May.We don’t have one now.
    Club still in limbo.Waiting for the Sissoko money before it can move on.

    0
  • giimps

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Dummet has pace but not acceleration so fest skinned over short distances, he defends well when chasing wingers down over a longer distance but mistimes challenges when they try and nip past him.
    Having a go at Dummet is like having a go at a horse for not winning a race when he is the fastest over a distance, Dummet may be (and judging by the rest of the team set up ,is ) told to stay back and defend ,it is what IMHO he was told last season and ended up helping us to a 6 game unbeaten run.
    Our problem is not down the sides as much as it is height through the middle, we struggle vs Giants, we need a 6’6″ player to stop this happening again (or closer to that than we have) Fulham were well organised and saw our weakness at the back ,saw our overly defensive formation and weren’t scared of our “threat up front” .
    Rafa will change things, Diame through the middle with Hayden or Tiote would imho work as would Shelvey and Diame

    0
  • SPRINGY

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #23

    our players wont be at there sharpest yet lads,still going to be half yard slower then they will be mid season,timing,control everything will be a little off….it was the first game….it was the lack of creative forward passing,speed of balls in to the box,the decision making which is more worrying then the sharpness and timing of players in the first game.

    0
  • NUFCPaul

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Oh, I’m sure he was welcomed back by his teammates with open arms as he reminded them that he was too good for this team and that he had no interest in assisting the team that he helped to get relegated gain promotion again.

    Sissoko is so full of crap.

    0
  • posada

    Aug 6, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Many years ago they assessed the quickest player at NUFC.
    In the 70’s that is.
    It was not Supermac. Apparently it was Frank Clark.
    Yeh really. But think they judged it over 100M.
    As eluded to previously its about how quick you are over short distances.
    100M is a marathon for a footballer.

    0
  • Yo-yo

    Aug 6, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #26

    I suspect that we’re waiting for £35m from Sissoko too.
    Then its back to Brighton for Knockaert
    but who else ?

    0
  • RolandoOverhead

    Aug 6, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #27

    @MadisonToon

    I believe Dummett’s biggest issue regarding his ability is his speed of thought, or lack thereof.
    Never rated him as good enough myself, but that’s a personal opinion.
    Constantly chasing players because you’re anticipation isn’t quite good enough means you’re always liable to be found out.

    0
  • JamesToon

    Aug 6, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #28

    When he gets going yeah he’s alright, but when we’re chasing the game he got skinned so many times. I really don’t think he’s that quick, Janmaat is probably quicker

    0
  • one fine day

    Aug 6, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Christ
    The negativity on here nerve fails to blow me away
    We lost to Fulham. ….so what ? Really not that shocking to. Be honest
    Last time we won at Fulham I think Santiago Munez got the winner
    Relax early days lads
    We will get there
    In rafa we trust
    Hwtl
    Hwtf

    0
  • Bambams

    Aug 6, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #30

    It’s only one game….

    We should of definitely had one penalty. …

    Ritchie should of scored…

    It’s not the end of the season.

    Boys how long do we persevere with Perez. I like the kid but he hasn’t improved enough to turn down an alleged £5 million from Barca

    He needs to step up.

    Far too lightweight up front and always receiving the ball with their backs to goal.

    But I am still very confident we will go up at the end of the season

    Keep the faith

    0
  • NUFCPaul

    Aug 6, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #31

    Where’s all the people from yesterday who thought the sky was falling down right after the game? Have they woken up with a better sense of perspective after a period of reflection? I know we’re a passionate lot but let’s not lose our heeds yet eh?

    0
  • SPRINGY

    Aug 6, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #32

    there has been a lot of people mentioning lb’s like taylor,rico henry ,but theres not a lot of interest from other teams,maybe dummett is actually better then these 2 and thats why we are not in for them….ive seen nowt of them apart from rico in play offs for a 20mins,so i could’nt and would’nt say he’s better or worse then what we already have.

    0
  • posada

    Aug 6, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Now there’s a name – Riviere.
    We could have used him as someone to play off up front.
    But, as I say the club is in limbo still.
    I think you will find he has been written off and is simply waiting for his move away.

    0
  • giimps

    Aug 6, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Yeah speed of thought gains valuable seconds and it won’t help players when they are as thick as mince…..like I said though it depends what the gaffa tells him to do regarding getting up the pitch, I can’t imagine him being told to get up and down the pitch all game by Rafa, if he had been told that, surely he would be dropped for failing to do it?
    Time will tell though, as it’s been frequently alluded to, it’s our 1st away game, the first competetive game and we have strength coming in as well as new players ……and I’m still buzzing for Huddersfield as things will be different at home (hopefully only 1 holding midfielder and more attacking intent from the ones on the pitch)

    0
  • Ron Knee

    Aug 6, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Forest/Burton match being played at a frenetic pace. Or is that normal for the Championship?

    0
  • JamesToon

    Aug 6, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #36

    norwich 2-0 up at blackburn…

    0
  • Our Toon

    Aug 6, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #37

    Let’s be honest we didn’t deserve anything yesterday, they also could have had a pen and should have had one when lascelles lost Smith and he knocked it down for Aluko.

    It’s the first game and hopefully it’s a game rafa learns from because he made a lot of mistakes both in selection and set up.

    No need to panic but hopefully he gets the team organised from set pieces, it’s been a common theme throughout pre season and will continue to be for the rest of the season. Smith came out and said we knew there weakness was set pieces…..says it all.

    Perez and Gayle won’t work though and although I’m not shelvey fan but he needs to be involved

    0
  • expatmag

    Aug 6, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #38

    Assombolingalongalonga…….lol

    0
  • Budge123

    Aug 6, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #39

    Get in we are no longer bottom! On the up already! 😉

    0
  • Offkey

    Aug 6, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #40

    We were away……… In London….. Blackley called it. Could’ve snatched a draw so not too worried.

    0

You must log in to post a comment.