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Newcastle Set To Play Hardball With Wantaway Star

9:18 am, Sunday, August 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 36 Comments

Newcastle are set to play hardball with Moussa Sissoko over his transfer – and the club will not let the French International midfielder leave for less than the £35M transfer fee they have put on his head.

Mike Ashley is said to be determined to get the full value for Moussa, who starred for France in the Euro 2016 Championships in the summer and outshone Paul Pogba who made a £100M move to Manchester United a couple of weeks ago.

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Rafa Benitez rates Moussa Sissoko

Juventus, Everton and Tottenham are the 5/1 favorites on SkyBet to sign Moussa before Wednesday night and those odds have lengthened recently.

The Mirror is reporting that Juventus are only willing to pay £15M for the player and there’s just no way Newcastle will let the Frenchman leave for that fee.

What seems to be happening here is that the clubs are aware he had a poor season for Newcastle last term and if he is the top player he seems to think he is – how come we were relegated?

That’s some of what’s putting off the top clubs bidding highly for him.

Now we hear Juventus is Moussa’s preferred destination, but that changes by the day depending on which club is interested in him.


Mike Ashley believes in today’s transfer market that £35M is a realistic price for one of the stars of Euro 2016 tournament.

Mike wants an Andy Carroll type deal for Sissoko and if he doesn’t get one then Moussa could wake up on Thursday morning from a nightmare and realise he is still a player for Newcastle United.

Sissoko has even blamed Newcastle yesterday in L’Equipe for asking too much for him and he would be very well advised to keep quiet over the next four days until a deal is ether done or not done.

Rafa Benitez was asked last night about Sissoko’s future, and this is what the manager said:

“It’s the same situation, I explained the other day, we can do nothing.” “We are pleased because we still have a very good player.”

“If somebody wants to come they have to offer the right price. Then we’ll decide.”

If Sissoko does stay at Newcastle then he will have to hunker down and start playing well for the team  – something he didn’t do last season.

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Tags: Championship · Financials · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

36 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spoof // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:22 AM


    did Knockeart not play well or was it a case of the much underrated Dummett not allowing him to play well, Dummett stops so many from not playing well yet he is still perceived as being the weak link, mind blowing, it really is !!!!!

  • 2 Budge123 // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Anything north of £20 m and get rid.
    Surely someone somewhere is stupid enough to waste that on the massively over rated Le Sulk

  • 3 SUTTY1978 // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    20SUTTY1978 // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    So who wins player of the month?

    I’d give it to Hayden, for his consistency and drive and also for keeping Colback out of the team!

  • 4 Spoof // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Drop the price to £25m, are you having a laugh, we should up it to £45m to make sure we keep him and help our promotion push !

  • 5 Tsunki // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Not many are daft enough to be fooled by a tournament performance, given his patchy season last year the Euro outing looks like what it was, a desperate showcase in a middling competition. Take the €25m and be glad you’ve still made good money and got rid of a bad egg.

  • 6 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    If he’s going I just want the deal to hurry up so it frees up some funds.

  • 7 Spoof // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:28 AM


    I think I could keep Colback out of the side lol.

    But on a serious note for me either Hayden as he has been very impressive or Gayle, goals win games and he is scoring them.

  • 8 SUTTY1978 // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    I would be happy seeing Sissoko back in the team.
    Sissoko, Diame & Hayden in midfield would be a powerful combo.
    Alternatively it would solve our winger problem by playing him on the right & Ritchie on the left.

  • 9 Tsunki // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Spoof, the problem is the same as always, he simply doesn’t fit into the team. I think he’d be a disruption to morale, also to the style of play Rafa is trying to cement, and the championship doesn’t afford the acres of running room he needs.

  • 10 msk21dec // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Diame is really gd with ball at his feet. Good enough replacement for sissyko

  • 11 Rotonda heights // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:29 AM


    pardew comes to mind.

    sissoko won’t put in a transfer request even though he’ll still get a signing on fee. he wants us paying him off too, a bit like barton did to us and man city. extreme greed.

  • 12 lordy_geordie // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    I said there was not an issue and I standby that.
    Fact we played poor against Fulham and Huddersfield were IMO to be expected as we had alot of new players.
    Not to mention the quality of the teams we played, who are used to working together.
    Look at the leagues top 2

  • 13 Tsunki // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Not saying he wouldn’t be good in this league initially, I’m just saying he would have a torrid time and before long his value would drop and his head too as the realisation dawns he is stuck in the Champo. Before long we would be enjoying those lacklustre performances that hampered us last season.

  • 14 SUTTY1978 // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Tsunki, even with his “patchy” form last year he was still our best player. The rest of our team are looking comfortable at Championship level and are able to play to a better level week in week out because the opposition are not of the same level. Give Sissoko 3-4 games to get up to speed and he’ll be tearing it up as well.

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:33 AM


    I think it was a bit of both, i think there were times dummett wasn’t marking him, great effort from him though, I’ve got to hold my hands up, he did impress me with that tackle on Knockeart which could have landed us in trouble, didn’t realise he’s got a bit of pace, talking about holding my hands up, well done to gourffran in the last couple of games, hope he stays.

  • 16 nut meg // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Juv know the price required, over priced maybe but so was Pogba …and nearly all other transfer fees. It could be a bit of a scramble going on come the last day…..or not!

  • 17 funlovingexpress // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Dont take a penny less than the figure the club has decided he is worth.

    Why encourage and pander to his behaviour?

    He keeps saying he is a champions league player. Well £35m is cheap for a champions league player with a load of premiership experience.

    He still hasn’t put in a transfer request. He needs to stop acting like a petulant child and either knuckle down or put in a transfer request.

    I think he might be in for a surprise anyhow. Benitez said he wont deal if clubs leave it to late. Is it now to late? Noone seems to be asking that.

  • 18 welshgeordie9 // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    If Sissokos head wasn’t so far up his arse I would love him to be in the same lineup with Diame, imagine those two running towards you, pity just pity.

  • 19 Tsunki // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Hmm our best player well I dunno, but even then in a relegation team that’s hardly a glowing endorsement. He wanted to be away last year and his best outings were against showcase opposition. Strangely, against poorer teams he was going through the motions. I think that’s how his season would go here. Nobody watching, international manager unaware of his existence, value steadily going south. I know exactly what that will lead to. Wouldn’t be surprised if he went on strike at xmas.

  • 20 funlovingexpress // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Sissoko seems to be going artound negotiating his contracts with clubs that have absolutely no intention of paying the money.

    He should have a word with his agent. His agent was told to find clubs that were willing to play not just any club.

  • 21 cestriasteve // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:38 AM


    It is evident that Rafa does not want any distruptive element in his team. I heard last Monday that Him, Janmaat, Tiote and Krul were away and low and behold it’s happened.
    Apparently the core team spend far more time together than ever, absolute togetherness and team spirit is his No.1 focus to get us out of this league.

  • 22 Tsunki // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Maybe it’ll be like eBay bidding. All the buyers will be hitting the “Submit Bid” button in the last ten seconds 🙂

  • 23 Moonraker15 // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    The top clubs know Sissoko isn’t worth 35 mil. Even in his so called starring role in the Euros he didn’t score a goal, had 1 shot on target and no final ball from his runs! Rafa is playing hardball and if Ashley insists on the money up front, I doubt if many clubs have the cash.
    I would love it if he couldn’t find a club after bulling himself up as some superstar! Put him on the bench Rafa! Lol

  • 24 Tsunki // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    The heart of our troubles last season was factional. With teachers pet Colo at the head of it all, best buds with Mike.

  • 25 WWSBRD // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    If Dummett were to be sold what clubs do u think would be bidding for him?

  • 26 Veltman // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    If Moussa stays, I will be more and more optimistic we’ll get promoted straight away.
    Can play anywhere in midfield line.Batter chmp players with his pace and powerful drive.
    I’m not worried about what he said.Just like to see his head gets straight and play with his heart .Will benefit the team than harming in so many ways.

  • 27 nut meg // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Any chance of him taking a huge wage cut and forfeiting his % of the transfer fee to help his dream club buy him….thought not?

  • 28 Budge123 // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    The main problem with Le Sulk is that he is ever so slightly shite.

    He wasn’t our best player last season he was our biggest failure.

    He would ruin the dynamic and work rate this team is developing.

    If he stays we are, I think, less likely to go up than if he goes.

    I hope that at some point before Wednesday he gets his wish of joining the team of his dreams (anyone of them!)

  • 29 cestriasteve // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:51 AM


    Have you noticed how Dummett plays safe ALL the time, I bet he creams over his Opta stats after every game!!

  • 30 WWSBRD // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Gini was our biggest failure no doubt about that

    Sissoko ended the season as captain and main player

  • 31 toon kk // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    If Sissoko stays he will be very useful, but only if he knuckles down and doesn’t start poisoning other players minds.

  • 32 giimps // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    He won’t be putting in a transfer request till someone meets his valuation……..unlikely to say the least, our biggest hope was straight after the euros when his stock was highest……its dropped now as teams have had the chance to really analyse his play and his pros and cons………too many cons for that valuation, if it was £25m we may have a taker or two, until then …….here’s the bench moussa watch for spelks

  • 33 WWSBRD // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Hard not to play safe when u cant move with the ball and struggle to pass tbf

  • 34 Spoof // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:54 AM


    Good question, I doubt very much that it would be a top four side as his attacking play isn’t good enough for that, Janmaat and Haidara would have a better chance at a top four club as they can attack, sadly they can’t defend and if your a top side who is going to dominate sides week in and week out then you need a full back whose strength is attacking as they probably won’t do too much defending.

    However, since the late great Sir Bobby left us we have been a side who is dominated more than what we dominate and when you are one of those sides you have got to have defenders who can defend, which is why I rate Dummett as highly as I do, mind in fairness to Dummett when he does get forward he does have a half decent cross on him so it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that with good coaching Rafa could make him a better all round full back.

  • 35 Budge123 // Aug 28, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Our top scorer was our biggest failure?
    Sissoko was our main man?
    We can all have our opinions I suppose

  • 36 Sav // Aug 28, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Pogba would struggle under Macca and alongside some of Sissoko’s team-mates. There’s a good player in Sissoko and Pardew and Macca only sporadically coaxed him out. I’d like to see what Rafa could make of him.
    Meanwhile, Yedlin, Lazaar and even Murphy all look good signings to get us promoted. Rafa has presided over the biggest clear-out and rebuild in one transfer window I can remember, while balancing the books. He is decisive and takes no prisoners while carefully not alienating players. There’s competition for places we haven’t seen in years. I fully expect he may do it all again next summer if we are back in the top flight.

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