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No Acceptable Sissoko Offers Yet – Newcastle May Lower Fee

11:21 pm, Friday, August 26th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

The Chronicle is reporting tonight that Newcastle have received six “firm offers” for Moussa Sissoko so far this summer.

It seems that three Premier League clubs plus three continental clubs have put in offers for the player who was a star of the Euro 2016 tournament in France in the summer.

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Moussa Sissoko – in French colors in the summer

But none of the offers have been close to the £35M fee Newcastle seem determined to get for the 6ft 2ins powerful midfielder.

However, Newcastle do expect further bids to come in before the transfer window slams shot on Wednesday night at 11:00 pm and it has to be a decent bet that Moussa will not be a Newcastle player on September 1st.

But you never know.

The midfielder is still reported to be desperate to leave the club and unfortunately it seems Newcastle are willing to lower their price to £25M to get a deal.

That’s a pity – we should stand firm and if we don’t get a big enough bid then Moussa will just have to hunker down and stay at the club where he still has three years left on his contract.

But that view may not be shared by other Newcastle fans, most of whom just want the guy to leave  after his embarrassing comments about wanting to leave the club for the last two years.

There will not be any loan move for Moussa.

The Chronicle is reporting that Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus plus Spanish giants Real Madrid have all put in bids for the player – that’s in spite of the Madrid club denying any interest in the midfielder.

Crystal Palace, Everton and West Brom are three Premier League clubs who have submitted formal bids.

So none of the big Premier League clubs have bid for Sissoko and those three are not Champions League clubs and nowhere near qualifying either.

Moussa would prefer to stay in England, or at least that’s one of the things he has said this summer.

West Brom are reported to be confident they can offer Moussa good acceptable terms – so it would certainly be interesting if Moussa ends up at either Crystal Palace or West Brom.

Both clubs are much smaller clubs than Newcastle United and certainly don’t have the rich  history of the Magpies and they don’t have world-class managers in charge either.

Rafa has won the  Champions League once and been beaten finalists once – and he’s won the Europa League twice.

But both clubs are still in the Premier League.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens with the Sissoko saga before next Thursday, when the transfer window will have closed.

Thank goodness.

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  • 1 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    May consider part-ex for a 56 plate VW Caddy must be vgc fsh no time wasters. That means you, Alan.

  • 2 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    That’s the problem Moussa when you go flashing your bits and showing everyone yer breakfast it all looks a bit needy.

  • 3 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    If I was a frequenter of the bookmakers rooms I’d stick a carpet on the phone not having rung at all. In fact I bet Charnley has had BT out a couple of times to get the line tested.

  • 4 jimmysmith // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Mmmm, all of this reminds me of my first experience of selling a house. Hope and realisation. 25 million surely can’t do us any good.

  • 5 jimmysmith // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Not that I’m inclined to trust Ed at this moment. He’s had three senior moments on the trot.

  • 6 Lindisfarne // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    Its not just on this blog then:

    Ayoze Pérez already knows that in the Championship little is ever certain but Newcastle United’s young Spanish striker remains convinced about two things. “Brighton’s going to be a special game,” he says. “And it’s going to be hard.”

    Sorry GeordieTwo, I was about to get involved in a little ticki-tacki but my battery bombed.

  • 7 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:34 PM


    …Lee desperately rushes to pick up the phone before the confused Bobby M can reach for the handset….

    “Give me that! He…..Hello?”

    “ cough…cough…this is er the manager of Paris, er….ahem…we’d like to buy your Mr Soako..”

    “Graham get off the line it wasn’t funny last time…”

  • 8 NewcastleMole // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Can’t see us getting a win against Brighton. We don’t have the firepower to outscore them.

    It’s going one of two way tommorow.

    1) Really boring scrappy game with not many chances for either side.

    2) Im praying our defense don’t fold and throw in the towel and receive a royal spanking but i think we’ll lose.

    Prediction Us 1-2 Them

  • 9 Lindisfarne // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Sissoko not selling – I blame Brexit

  • 10 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    Yep. Brexit. Or Bran Flakes as they used to be known in Europe.

  • 11 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Sounds to me like rafa would rather get rid of sissoko, he’s even willing to reduce that price. But he’s telling the media he wants him to stay.

  • 12 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    I can’t see either side winning. I think we’ll both lose 0-0

  • 13 Lindisfarne // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Sorry if it has already been mentioned, but I am glad Nigel Pearson is not back as our Manager. Nigel-ution sounds more like something you would wash your hair with.

  • 14 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    And we will throw in three pairs of boots and some training gear and a 2kg team size Fiery Jack. You can have his Ball Bag too. Size 5’s. Impressive to see.

  • 15 Lindisfarne // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    What is the connotation with Bran Flakes?
    Or is it just Left Field Friday?

  • 16 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Brexit is the anti constipation breakfast cereal for the economy. It has a purgative effect. it’s all Brexits fault we’re getting loose bowels.

  • 17 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    I make you laugh I make you think ha ha

  • 18 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:51 PM

    OK then. Goodnight. I knew politics was the kiss of death 🙁

  • 19 Lindisfarne // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:53 PM

    LOL – I wandered off – good night

  • 20 Lindisfarne // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    I was side tracked with looking up ‘bipolar disorder’ – moments of elation and conversely moments of depression. A very black and white existence – not attempting to be jovial about a mental condition.

  • 21 Graeme // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:58 PM

    Put the twat up for Auction, highest bidder wins – Starting bids £25 Million. Roll up, Roll up, get your Sissoko here!!!

  • 22 Novocastrian66 // Aug 27, 2016 at 1:05 AM

    If he was the star or Euro16 I give up. The whole tournament was rubbish. Not one player stood out from the rest.

  • 23 Derek // Aug 27, 2016 at 1:50 AM

    It seemed about a year ago people were happy to see him go for 25m, many even considered bids in the 18-22m range appropriate.

    So does that mean just because of the handful of Euro games he’s played that he should be valued 10-17m higher?! Because he did very little for us to warrant an increased valuation.

  • 24 one fine day // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:57 AM

    anyone one in Australasia the game is being shown on BE in via foxtel 230am
    see link for full guide

  • 25 headtheball // Aug 27, 2016 at 4:06 AM

    Thanks for the heads up @ 24, I might have missed it otherwise.
    It will be one fine day if we win!

  • 26 expatmag // Aug 27, 2016 at 5:06 AM


    I will be watching mate. Glass of pinot noir in hand

  • 27 rn2016 // Aug 27, 2016 at 5:12 AM

    Truly think this one is a win win. We either get an evidently excessive sum for a once in a 10 (premier league) game player who we’d happily shift, or alternatively we have an undoubtedly talented individual who’ll be hurling himself in the shop window for the next couple of months to get the desired move in January. I’d personally prefer the latter, and there’s no doubt the guy’s a tank on his day, and could damage Championship defences up until January. And who knows, maybe if we keep him on he’ll immerse himself in the new found team spirit and opt to continue on our drive to promotion. Either way we profit, so the negativity in my opinion is misplaced. HWTL

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Aug 27, 2016 at 6:11 AM

    I said he wouldn’t fetch more than 12M before the blagger put in those displays for France. The club know he is worth only that but by putting a 35M price tag on him makes someone think they’re getting a bargain at 25M. Not sure the disruption to the squad and the circus around it is worth it but maybe Rafa really doesn’t want him gone.

  • 29 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 27, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    expat – glass of Pinot in hand at 2.30am. I like it. Nothing like an early start.

  • 30 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    Jeff may be a bit later than usual today…

  • 31 nut meg // Aug 27, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    From Miles Starforth, Shields Gazette.

  • 32 expatmag // Aug 27, 2016 at 7:39 AM


    My morning fruit juice mate

  • 33 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 27, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    rn2016- logic in what you say, but I can’t see him considering the Championship as a shop window for a CL team. More likely to sulk and go through the motions and then wail and moan again for his move in January. Get him sold and close the chapter. There must be an offer of £15mill or more on the table surely. Take the money and run. Unfortunately probably too late to re-invest it this window.

  • 34 Veltman // Aug 27, 2016 at 7:43 AM

    Achraf Lazaar is Morrocon,
    Can’t remember a north African player progressed much in PL.Could be hit or miss.
    Christian Atsu had mixed progress.Good for his national team while not much success in the club’s he has spent.Could be hit or miss also.But this one is expected to be a loan deal,so may be valuable addition.However,both these players may head to Afcon in the middle of the season and may affect the team’s progress.
    Overall, i’m not happy with the signings so far.
    It’s good to part ways with the so called “deadwoods” but the replacements are hardly upgrades.I’m just simply watching the teams results and how they fare,esp after the closure of the transfer window on September first.If sthg wrong happens, I’m not gonna laugh at the players.I’m fully gonna blame Benitez!

  • 35 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 27, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    expat- personally I consider 2.30 to still be the night before, so the bottle of Springbank 10yo will be feeling the pinch at my place.

  • 36 lordy_geordie // Aug 27, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    Veltman: Blame Rafa! Why?
    I am sure he signed the best players he could.
    Just out of interest, who would you sign?
    Considering most wont come to the championship?
    I for one will not be blaming Rafa unless he starts playing people out of position and making negative subs per Pardew.

  • 37 Patoon // Aug 27, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    I really don’t rate this prick at any more than £8m, he’s got a terrible attitude, his first touch is crap, his decision making is crap, all he has is that he’s big and powerful, take anything for him to get him out, does any1 on here actually think he’s as good as Richie and we got him for £10m

  • 38 Fostino // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:02 AM


    On his day he’s a very good player. Any big win against good teams usually was a result of wini or himsekf having a good day last year. More so sissoko having a good day. You only have to look at the euro final in the summer where he upstaged a player who went to man utd for 80 million so I think we are fully within our rights to hold out for a fee in the 30m bracket in this crazy money transfer window.

  • 39 Jib // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    I got to the :-
    “there were animals down there” part
    and had to stop readng !

    Late because I’m gearing up to watch the All-Blacks give the Wallabies another tanking.


  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Can you make a bottle of wine last 90 minutes?

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    So when a campaign starts we know exactly who started it.

  • 42 lochinvar // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Newcastle United are close to signing Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy, 33, in a £5m deal. (TWTD)

    Anymore info on this item ?

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Seems very unlikely, I wonder how much Crouch is paid a week.

  • 44 Rotonda heights // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:23 AM


    you just don’t get it about sissoko. he got parachuted to another level after a couple of games for france, not for a totally uninspiring Pl campaign which saw us relegated.

    why bang on about him when it means keeping a disenchanted player who is not going to reproduce his french form every week. far from it.

  • 45 Jib // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:27 AM


    Have you heard of Ryad Mahrez ?

    Algerian Footballer of the Year: 2015/16
    Premier League PFA Team of the Year: 2015–16
    PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2015–16
    PFA Fans’ Player of the Year: 2016

    Those players of North African origin are really rubbish aren’t they ?

    btw Zinedine Zidane parents were Berbers from th Atlas mountains

  • 46 sing in the corner // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Well if Rafa solves the striking conundrum for this aft he will be climbing up the Deity league table, for sure!
    We need to get the tactics right.. Over to you Rafa.
    In my humble opinion I would like to see Arma get at least a half, based on the now or never theory. Think he would need to play in behind an out of position Diame though. Unless he and Perez could be linked up, but don’t fancy Perez in an advanced role against big centre half.
    Can’t wait to get up there.
    Howay the lads!

  • 47 sing in the corner // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Hope the weather is clear and you get to the game!
    Looking for a big game from Ritchie and Shelvey if he plays.
    That elusive creativity…

  • 48 Jib // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Expecting a “Life of Brian” moment from veltman

    “Apart from Mahrez Bezema Ben Arfa Zidane what have the players of North African descent ever done for us ?”

  • 49 jimmysmith // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    I do get it. I understand all the arguments, always have. I would have liked Benitez to have talked him round, or to get 35 million. One or the other. But if he stays because the right money wasn’t offered and he’s unhappy, then that’s something else and that’s a problem. On the other hand if he doesn’t perform Benitez won’t pick him. I’m confident of that. So it’s not likely to upset the team if he stays. This myth that he’s a dud player though, is exactly that, a myth. He isn’t. He’s good. Extremely good by Championship standards.

  • 50 Jib // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Watch “The Haka” and tremble you Aussies

  • 51 sing in the corner // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    If he does end u staying I’m sure if anyone can get him functioning instead of moping Rafa can. He has made no secret he likes the player. He will be able to convince him the way to get what he wants in either Jan or the summer is to up the focus and effort and earn it.

  • 52 Jib // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    That story originated on an Ipswich blog the made the Suffolk local press.
    He’s 33 with a crap scoring record – cannot see myself

  • 53 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Sissoko can’t be good mate because fans don’t like him, doesn’t matter what he does on the pitch he’s unpopular which makes him crap…also makes him terrible for the squad

  • 54 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    They lasted less than 8 mins, Jib.

    Another long day for the Aussies?

  • 55 expatmag // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:47 AM


    I see you are at your obnoxious best this morning. We Aussies expect NZ to win the bledisloe as we are currently going through a rebuilding of the squad.

    Historically, the haka tends to give the opposition just as much of a gee up then anything else.

  • 56 Jib // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    The New Zealand scrum half Aaron Smith is tearing the Wallabies a new one

  • 57 Ian Toon // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Rotonda- Know wonder you’re going for the dead cat bounce. I would have recommended a low profile and certainly not sharing your football expertise with those who remember your track record. With your form of spotting a good player/ manager how you ever have the nerve to point the finger at those more worthy! IMHO Jimmy’s forgotten more about football .etc etc………… .

    Belgium in the wake of a Euro 2016 campaign in which their national football team displayed an urgent need for discipline and defensive rigour, the country’s football federation decided that its new manager would be none other than Roberto Martínez. Yes Martinez a meticulous taskmaster commonly believed to impose a strict diet of pie in the sky. Get relegated with Wigan, get hired by Everton; get sacked by Everton, land one of the world’s most coveted international gigs in the world; yes, Martínez’s curious career path made Belgium the obvious next destination.

    Today, with his debut match scheduled for next week against his native Spain, Martínez announced his first squad since his appointment. It contained no shocks, Fifa rules preventing any call-up for Antolín Alcaraz. So most of the players who have been failing to form a coherent whole for the last four years have been recalled. But Martínez did stun onlookers by revealing that his assistant, along with his longtime accomplice Graeme Jones, will be Thierry Henry, who will be charged with providing a lot more stimulus to Belgium’s listless stars than he has been providing to viewers of Sky Sports since becoming the pundit most admired by taxidermists.

  • 58 expatmag // Aug 27, 2016 at 8:51 AM


  • 59 stuart no9 // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    I would keep him if no decent offer came in. I would tell him to train hard , stop crying and fight for his place , if he didn’t I would bench him untill he bucks his ideas up of I would make him train with the kids . Ok , it’s not doing the club any good but he must be told that e is a Newcastle player for next 3 years . Keep him away from the squad untill he puts his face right .
    Make him realise , play the game with the club or he’s finished as a footballer . Good job I’m not his manager , so no , th price is £35m . That’s it .

  • 60 Al Yalayis Lad // Aug 27, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    El Mohammedi is not a bad player from North Africa!!
    So was Ben Arfa , jokes aside.

    6 months ago I would have accepted 15Mil for Sissoko, so 25 now seems ok to get him out, and get some normality in the dressing room.

    He is crap, and most clubs know that, why would anybody pay 35 Mil for him, lets get real, the Andy Carroll deal will not happen agin

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