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Newcastle Interested Again In Lyon’s Left Back

Newcastle want to sign a full-back and a center back this summer to shore up their defense, which was often the Achilles heel last season.

Aly Cissokho – 24 year-old Lyon left-back

That’s even though Newcastle kept 15 clean sheets in the Premier League last season, which was only bettered by the  two Manchester clubs.

And with Davide Santon able to play in either full back position,  Newcastle could opt to go after a left back rather than a right back.

Two right backs Newcastle have been linked with are Nathaniel Clyne, the 21 year-old Crystal Palace player, and 26 year-old French International Mathieu Debuchy, and either of those would be excellent acquisitions for Newcastle this summer.

And there’s news today that Newcastle are increasing their interest once again in Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho, who has reemerged as a possible option this summer.

Newcastle were linked with the player last summer, and even got close to signing the once capped French International, but at that time one of the problems was the fee being asked by his club Lyon was too high.

Aly still has two years of his current contract to run, but sources in France say he could leave the Lyon club this summer, and Newcastle are interested.

Newcastle know all about this player as they have scouted him over the last two years, ever since Graham Carr joined the club as Chief Scout, and Newcastle think he would be a good player in the Premier League.

So it will rest on how much Lyon want for their player this time around, and Manchester United and Italian side Napoli have also been linked with Cissokho, who did not make the French squad for the upcoming Euro 2012 Championships.

Fabrizio Ferrari is Cissokho’s agent, and he had this to say:

 “He would be interested in playing in Italy, and it would be a good time to take him. But we also know English club are very interested in Aly. A valuation? I think you can take him with €8M Euros.”

€8M is about £6.4M, so that’s not too bad a valuation – if it’s accurate since Lyon will set that figure.

Cissokho joined Lyon from Porto in 2009, for €15M, and has since played 100 times for the French club with a couple of goals.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 1, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #1

    His agent’s name is ferrari :lol:, him or pieters for me.

  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 1, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Neither him or pieters seem highly rated by fans from their respective countries. Pieters more so but he seems to pick up a lot of injuries.

  • Colo-Sus

    Jun 1, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Its 2010!, no wait its 2011, no its Melvut Erdinc, NO ITS BARNETTA!!!


  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 1, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #4


    did u mean either or neither

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 1, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #5

    It seems the Carling Cup is changing name to the Capital One Cup.

    It doesn’t really sound great, does it!

    Capital One Cup!!!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 1, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #6
  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 1, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #7

    “What’s In Your Trophy Cabinet?”

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Debuchy is the best full back we’ve been linked to by a mile; sign him up Pards!

  • Colo-Sus

    Jun 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #9


    personally dont think so pal,

    Another Senegalese striker? No chance

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 1, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #10


    I am not buying into all the paper rumors either myself.

    Just thought I would share the link with you guys 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 1, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #11

    Sorry should have just said Colo-Sus 😉 lol

  • jakesome

    Jun 1, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #12

    is that n’doye good enough for us? do you know his stats for last season?

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 1, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #13

    I think Cissokho is the ideal signing for us. In my opinion, he is the most exciting left-back that we have ever been linked with. We desperately need a left-footed left back and he fits the bill. He didn’t have the best of seasons last year, but neither did Davide Santon when he was at Inter. It is now the right time to get him signed up. He’s 24/25.

  • Lucasd10

    Jun 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #14

    sign him hes awsome,
    santon douglas colo cissokho
    cabaye tiote jonas
    king arfa cisse afellay

  • RobertLeeNo.7

    Jun 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Cissokho has been having some shocking games this season he seems a player thats gone off the boil. Good going forward but defensively has been a weak link.


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