Sissoko’s Best Move Could Be To Crystal Palace


Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew had said earlier this summer he was interested in signing Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle, but not for the £35M asking price.

No club has yet come in with a good offer for the midfielder that Newcastle would be willing to accept – and the news that Real Madrid were interested in Sissoko has been completely debunked by Madrid outlet MARCA – and more than once.

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Moussa Sissoko in training last season

On August 3rd they reported sources at the club told them they were not interested in signing Moussa and again last week, after Moussa put out a passionate come and get me appeal to the Spanish giants – reported once again that sources have firmly told them they are not interested in Sissoko and never have been.

So with only 16 days left of the window there could be an opportunity for Crystal Palace to sign what would be a third Newcastle player in the last 12 months.

It could be that Moussa will not get to join his dream club – Arsenal, PSG, Real Madrid, Manchester United – take your choice from what he’s said this summer.

In his latest outburst last week Moussa said he wants to play in the Spanish League, but that could easily be changed to him saying he has always wanted to remain in the Premier League, if Palace do make a bid for him.

But there  again Crystal Palace have never played in Europe never mind playing in the Champions League, so if Palace were to register an interest in signing him, we wonder if that would be a move Moussa would want to make.

They are a small club but have a terrific fan base.

And Moussa has always talked about  leaving Newcastle for a top club – a Champions League club.

The first step is for Palace to get somewhere near what Newcastle want in terms of the bid,  but Rafa Benitez seems to be sticking to his guns and wants the full £35M  in today’s very inflated transfer market that has seen Yannick Bolasie signed by Everton today for £25M.

Moussa could join former Newcastle team-mates Yohan Cabaye and Andros Townsend at Palace but whether they will be able to launch any realistic attempt on a top four place has to be debatable, given they struggled and finished in 15th place last season.

Of course that was still a lot better than we did.

And Palace have never won a major trophy, so it could be a very hard sell for Alan Pardew.

But if Palace come in with a £35M offer then Rafa will accept it and Moussa would then be highly encouraged to join Palace – and Newcastle fans will be pleased to see the back of him.

We should know fairly soon, with the end of August not too far away.

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64 comments so far

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Lol

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  • firebug666

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Moussa Sissoko to perfect Percy’s Palace….. That would be my dream move for him too, C’mon Percy £35m and he’s you’rs.

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  • Moonraker15

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Top player joining a top club with a top manager haha love it!

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Craig Bellamy was absolute quality. We haven’t got anyone who could tie his boot laces.

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  • ToonMatt

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #5

    What a come down, He’s been running his mouth talking about Real Madrid, PSG and Arsenal yet the only club that want him seems to be Crystal Palace?
    What’s the odds that tomorrow Moussa will tell the French press that he had a dream about playing for Palace lol

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #6

    I would absolutely love it if this bugger moves to Palace! Hahahahaha!!

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #7

    I wonder if people overheard him and thought he said “Paris”? He might have been hankering for a move to the Kings Landing from day one!

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #8

    He’ll only go there of course for Champions League football and to play against the very best.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #9

    As funny as some of you find all this rumour mill of palace sissoko etc. It doesn’t hide from the fact that he would add to what is a piss poor midfield Rafa has selected for the last 2 games. Would it be funny if he moved to them? Yeah funny for him because whilst we belittle sissoko for his move we find ourselves on ZERO points after 2 games.

    Some of us fans need to grow up, at this minute in time we are are a club that is going backwards big time. Gini who was non existent for us last season away from home, managed to get a very good assist for Liverpool yesterday, a goal that gave them the lead. The only people laughing are the ones who find it humorous that we are struggling whilst replacing good players with less than average chap like Hayden and Gayle to mention 2.

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  • hibbitt

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #10

    tell Pardue 30m and Cabaye and he’s got a deal !!!

    111

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  • Belfast

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Been saying this for weeks Palace or West Brom.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #12

    I see Charlie Austin is being linked with a loan move back to Qpr.

    I feel a Charlie Austin article coming very very soon lol

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  • Belfast

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #13

    I’d be very surprised if Pardew doesn’t try and replace Bolasie with Sulky.

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Palace have just sold Yannick Bolasie to Everton for £25M so only need to find another £10m loose change to get their man.
    Moussa might have to reflect on his options….but then again what’s the signing on fee on a £35m move….?

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  • Belfast

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Lochinvar, if Palace offer 25 million I think we’ll bite their their hand off. Two weeks left in the window and we could really do with the wonga.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Sissoko will move on eventually, not so sure about the 35 mil part though, wishful thinking /hoping.
    But tbh we need him, our team looks weak to me, I can rise above a few comments by a player who only wants away from championship football. He’s part of our squad which were relegated, imo all players should stay if under contract and the club needs them.

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  • hibbitt

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Belfast

    Ok 25m and Cabaye and Pards has got a deal

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  • hibbitt

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #18

    toon kk

    our team would still look weak with him in it
    what would he bring to the table if he’s made to stay ????

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  • Charlietoon

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #19

    These last two games have for me highlighted how important Mitrovic will be this season. We need power and strength up front and the ability to hold the ball up. He offers everything if he can just keep his temper in check.

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  • geordie157

    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #20

    25 mill and Zaha, 30 mill and souare

    There’s no way he’s gonna end up at palace…..surely!

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  • toon kk

    Aug 15, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Hibbitt
    Power, he may not be world class by any means but he is far better than alot of our duds.
    Funny thing is many thought we had a squad capable of 100+ points, fk knows why! What’s changed with people’s opinions?
    We will be nearer the relegation zone than promotion going off our first two games.
    Any decent players should be held onto.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 15, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Posada
    Huddersfield are run on a shoestring. Wagner has made some canny signings and managed to integrate them seamlessly. He has transformed the training, the major difference being that the players now train twice a day.

    I can’t believe we’ve spent so much on a poor man’s Jermaine Defoe or given Rolando Aarons, who’s achieved nothing, a lucrative new contract. I wouldn’t be surprised if Niall Ranger isn’t set up for many years to come after hoodwinking our club’s footballing aficionados for so long.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 15, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Backing Mitrovic and Perez was one of the main reasons we got relegated last season. Have these pair become good players simply by moving to another highly competitive league?

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 15, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #24

    You heard Ian, people! Time we all grew up and stopped laughing at the hilarity of our predicament. it’s not big, it’s certainly not clever.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 15, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #25

    Noted and understood Ian!

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 15, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #26

    When you’re dreaming of this club digging their heels in for £35m (and the ensuing expectation it will all be immediately invested in playing staff) don’t forget the club will be looking at the benefits of his wages coming off next year’s P/L. We’ve already probably got his replacement, and he isnt on his wedge.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 15, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #27

    As I said before, we have overvalued Sissoko . To be honest, this is a little embarrassing for all of us who poke fun at Palace, if it happens. First Cabaye , now this.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 15, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #28

    Along with all those falling about on the floor in mirth at our current plight, let’s not forget also those troublesome “Older Fans”, the “Boo Boys”, those who look for conspiracies around every corner…. am I leaving anyone out, Ian? Just Belfast you say? 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 15, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Munster, tbf I think you’ll find Sissoko kind of helped himself to that valuation.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 15, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #30

    I personally think he’s a £10-15m player, all depending on whether him or his twin brother turn up.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 15, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #31

    It seems Diame has gotten off lightly on here. His performance was a joke. I am listening to Ando on radio Newcastle. He’s being told Diame is the type who blows hot and cold. If that was cold, I would hate to see freezing.

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  • U.S Magpie

    Aug 15, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #32

    I must say Sissy to Palace for 25 mill plus either one of Cabs or Zaha sounds like a deal made in Heaven.
    We would either get as we know one of the best play makers in the business or one of the trickiest speed mothers out there. Lets hope Rafa has the same idea as we do!!!

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  • Belfats

    Aug 15, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #33

    Been saying this for weeks Palace or West Brom.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 15, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #34

    Can’t believe some are having a go at Diame, it was his first game, ffs, what did you want him to do score a hat trick.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 15, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #35

    Newcastle like their “undisclosed fee”. Perhaps they don’t want fans to ridicule them. “We’ve never paid that much on that shite, have we?”

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  • Belfats

    Aug 15, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #36

    I see Charlie Austin is being linked with a loan move back to Qpr.

    I feel a Charlie Austin article coming very very soon lol

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  • Belfats

    Aug 15, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #37

    I’d be very surprised if Pardew doesn’t try and replace Bolasie with Sulky.

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  • Belfats

    Aug 15, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #38

    Lochinvar, if Palace offer 25 million I think we’ll bite their their hand off. Two weeks left in the window and we could really do with the wonga

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 15, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #39

    i bet that’s from the same hobbits that’s doubting Benitez.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 15, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Welsh
    Were you there to see Diame’s performance? If not, how can you comment? He was absolutely shockingly bad. And if he was shockingly bad, are we not allowed to mention it? Is that what you’re saying?

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