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Sissoko Could Move To This English Club For Cool £35M

The Guardian is reporting tonight that Everton are willing to meet Newcastle’s £35M fee to take Euro 2016 star player Moussa Sissoko to the other Liverpool club.

So if that happens and we are sure Wijnaldum’s deal to Liverpool of maybe £27M will almost guarantee that if  Newcastle do sell Moussa this summer – we will get the full asking fee for him of £35M.

The extra £2M Newcastle tagged onto the Wijnaldum fee seems to be to pay for the sell-on clause in his Newcastle contract.

That means around 20% of the Newcastle profit (£27M-£14.5M=£12.5M) on Gini will go to former club PSV – that’s about £2.5M and not the massive £5M some outlets are reporting, which is 20% of the total fee.

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Moussa Sissoko in action for France

Everton have been in a long drawn-out potential deal for Belgium International midfielder Axel Witsel, which is now said to be in the balance, and the Guardian are reporting Everton could switch to Sissoko.

And if they are willing to pay the full £35M, the deal could go through very quickly with world-class (in his own mind) Moussa Sissoko wanting to leave Newcastle as quickly as possible – and he would rather not report back to Newcastle on August 1st as planned.

Most Newcastle fans will be happy to see the back of Moussa, because of his numerous comments about wanting to join a Champions League club for over two years.

It’s interesting that Everton are not a Champions League club – at least not at the moment.

The Guardian report is that Everton officials met today to discuss “significant” moves in the transfer market, with their new manager Ronald Koeman.

The Dutch manager has yet to bring in an outfield player this summer and the new American owners are keen to impress the fans.

As we reported today, Serie A Champions Juventus are also keen to sign Sissoko as a replacement for Paul Pogba, with Manchester United looking almost certain to buy their former player back for £100M.

If we get £27M for Gini and £35M for Sissoko that’s very good business for Newcastle, getting maybe £62M for just two players.

But we need to replace each of them and that could prove difficult, but Rafa Benitez has contacts all over the place so we should be able to bring in some decent players as replacements.

Newcastle today signed Scottish center-back Grant Hanley of Blackburn for around £5.5M with add-ons after three weeks of negotiating – and he’s the sixth player brought in by Rafa with seemingly more on the way.

Comments welcome.

37 comments so far

  • kilcline

    Jul 21, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Hope he goes quick.

    Use money on a left back
    Targett, Robertson or Henry

    Centre mid
    Hughes and Adams (future)


    Bamford or Ings on loan

  • Fostino

    Jul 21, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Gk Sels darlow

    Rb anita Jesus sterry

    Cb hanley mbabu mbemba lascalles

    Lb dummett ?

    Wingers Ritchie aarons thauvin armstrong ??

    Cm colback saviet shelvey ??

    Cf gayle toney mitro de jong ??

    L.b. c.m. St winger needed.

  • nightfa11

    Jul 21, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #3


    + perez.. its surprising how many fans are forgetting about..probably our best player..

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 21, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Just get 2 outstanding attacking players proven in this league to replace them and bank the rest for next season. Young, up and coming with plenty potential, they will hold their value, just like Hanley will do.

    We should go up at the first time of asking, im not so cautious as some of other posters. By the time Rafa finishes balancing out the squad we should be more than capable and far too strong to fail.

    Rafa knows the score and what exactly is needed.

    He will then plan accordingly for next season with hopefully a good little kitty for players from these two sales.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 21, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Everton is a suburb of Liverpool where Moussa’s pal Gini will be on the bench and their ground is similar to more of those in the Championship than the Premiership. Still a traditional footballing club so good luck if that moves come to fruition but it’s hardly the big time that Sissoko craves – PSG might be distant dream now.

    The other mans grass is always greener……

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 21, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Does he know the score? He certainly knows the score at a higher level, and with better players. I do agree though that we should still go up at the first time of asking, and should then be in a position to strengthen sufficiently to stay up, although it becomes less certain each time we lose a good player.

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 21, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #7

    I hope that they are the only team that comes in for him and then watch how quickly he changes his tune from a champions league club….erm, errrrrr, yeah, a premier league club, that’s what I wanted really.

    Perhaps people will realise then what a complete and utter twatface he is.

    I’d then laugh my c0ck off if they finished bottom half.

    Slutting himself around like nothing else matters.

    Boils my piss.


    Jul 21, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #8

    sissoko wont go to everton…not flashy enough for his ego.

  • nufc 11

    Jul 21, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Danny ings and Joe Allen would have been the icing on the cake we do need a good lb though.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 21, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #10


    He has experience with lower divisions im sure in Spain. He also has a head start here and full control it seems with some very good players. The only problem I can see is next season we will need some stability and we will have to build properly for once (Ashley permitted). But surely, a bloke with his contacts and nous can handle that. He can attract the very best of if the funds are available once were up. Then we get the TV money and push on? That’s how im wishing it.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 21, 2016 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Everton of course now have Koeman, a decent squad and money to improve it. Still if it did go through, Widjnaldum will have gotten the better move for himself, and we a massive return on our initial investment, which many might view as karma at work.

    I won’t be among them. I think Newcastle should have surrounded it’s better players, with better players, instead of doing eff all in the transfer market for two seasons prior to the last.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 21, 2016 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Yes, that’s certainly on the cards, as luck would have it.

  • expatmag

    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #13

    It baffles me how people can berate the likes of Wijnaldum and Sissoko for wanting to test themselves at the highest level possible. They have short careers and a year waste in the championship is a set back. There is no loyalty on football especially with the disgusting amounts of money being offered to players these days.

    Wojnaldum has just doubled his salary by signing for Liverpool and the question should be asked;

    Would any of you dissenters do exactly the same thing if you were in his position?

    If you guys were honest, I reckon the majority would say No.

  • John Tudor

    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #14

    but they are not

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #15


    Agree, while many have chosen to vent their frustrations out on the managers we have had. The policies we chose to employ and the timing of selling and not replacing crutial players never give them a hope of any kind of success anyway. We have never built anything for a long time, last summer was all too late. That’s my view anyway. A manic injury record and we were always doomed. Then the bedding in of multiple signings at a time untested in the Premier League through panic. It goes on and on. We are where we deserve to be, madness really. Too much neglect from upstairs.

    I liked Gini but he is part of the old ways now, come and join us, promise them better things, stepping stone, but im glad we are now sorting ourselves out as a football club and a manager is finally being able to do what he wants and build something proper.

    It’s been forced, and I still have my doubts about Ashley, but it’s good to see the club finally being treated properly and not as a shop window.

  • Magpie Season

    Jul 22, 2016 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Why does everyone obsess about transfer fees & how much we spent & all that? Money spent on transfers reflects diddly squat.

    Anyway. Happy to see them both go, at least Moussa because of his interviews during the season when away on international duty.

  • expatmag

    Jul 22, 2016 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #17


    I would imagine reasons such as

    Are we getting current value
    Will the mobey be reinvested
    On what quality
    How much

  • asl123

    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #18

    We bought many players, but none convinces me that these guys will push us as a midtable contender as if we are promoted next season. We may be even struggle to get out of the Championship. Quantity yes, quality no. Its time to buy young but already made themselves star player, so that they will blend quickly now and prepared well for Premier League assault.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:34 AM

    Comment #19

    asl123 – one slight flaw in that logic. “young but already made themselves star player” are not going to be interested in the Championship, Rafa or not. I think our next Premiership squad will look very different from the one we will field this season.

  • expatmag

    Jul 22, 2016 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #20


    Spot on. Too many pisters are living in cloud cuckoo land expecting star players to make the step down to the championship.

    Our only saving grace is the world class coach currently employed. If it were not the fact that he can coach the game to the highest standard where average ayers can look good players because they are orfanised and work to a system they understand, I would say a lot more would leave and the club would possibly fall into obscurity.

    Thankfully, I can see Rafa improving the quality of the current squad and if we get promoted, next season will see major investment to replace those gone this summer.

    We are no longer a najor force to be reckoned with and havent been since SBR was sacked. The fame and other clubs has passed us by yo the point where we are only abke to compete with third tier players.

  • expatmag

    Jul 22, 2016 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #21

    Sorry for the spelling mistakes……bloody phone

  • Veltmann

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:19 AM

    Comment #22

    I was one big Sissoko fan.However,I don’t think he’ll cost 35m.I will be happy if we get 20m and sell him based on his strong desire to leave.Hwr,
    Granted he is not a world beater and skilled type but don’t get why too much hatred towards him?
    People forget that he saved us from relegation the season before.Also had some other memorable moments.The only time he underperformed was the 2nd hf of last season,
    which u can recall the entire team was shocking.

    Side,sad to see Wijnaldum leave.When you are in a lower league and bigger club comes calling for you to play in the PL,it’s difficult to turn down.We lost key player sadly but Good luck to him.
    Doubt we’ll get adequate replacement though.
    Ryan Mason is a squad player the way I saw him while Will Hughes hasn’t progressed as expected and doubt gonna fill the creativity that was lost.
    Relying on Shelvey and the injury prone Sdj is riskfull.

  • cyprus

    Jul 22, 2016 at 5:30 AM

    Comment #23

    Why are we thrilled to be losingour best players? Because they are ambitious? Because they are confident they are good enough? How dare they.

    We hate them so much yet we’ll take the cool 50 mil. What are we? Mike’s accountants? Like the previous post mentions, are you sure you trust the likes of Shelvey to bring us up?

    Rafa my man, use that money to bring in analogous talent. Remember, when the football starts, it’s all about results. Get them, statue assured. Two losses in a row, turmoil.

    Like Clough said, it’s players, really, that get the results.

    P.S. wow, sir Ferguson has dropped a 100 mil. clanger

  • SUTTY1978

    Jul 22, 2016 at 5:30 AM

    Comment #24

    Not sure why everyone is happy to see these players go, our team is being drained of its quality players. With Sissoko, Townsend & Wijnaldum out of the door we have been dragged down to the level of the top half championship teams from last year. Buying more championship players will just ensure we stay in the championship.
    If balancing out means selling your best players and replacing with lesser quality ones then I’d have been happier with an unbalanced squad

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 22, 2016 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #25
  • expatmag

    Jul 22, 2016 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #26


    The major factor in getting out if the championship is fighting and never say die spirit as well as quality.

    Townsend Wijnaldum and Sissoko clearly lack the latter by jumping ship at yhe first opportunity.

    Yhere us no guarantee they would stay either if we go up as they want champions league football which we are clearly unable to offer.

    Look at Leicester last year. Won the league yet Kante and probably Mahrez are off to more fashionable clubs.

    In my opinion, we cannot compete with the bigger teams now because due to Fat Mike, 2 relegations and continual incompetence at the top level has seen us well and truly by passed do much so that we are lucky now to compete with the likes iof WBA Palace Norwich and Villa.

    Sad state of affairs for a club our size

  • cyprus

    Jul 22, 2016 at 5:57 AM

    Comment #27

    Well put, Sutty

  • expatmag

    Jul 22, 2016 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #28


    Out of yhe 6 players we have bought, only 1 (Hanley) can be classidfied as championship standard.

    Gayle was top scorer at Palace, Ritchie was high effective at Bournemouth. Hayden came from Arsenal whilst Sels (Ghent) and Gamez (At.Madrid) came from their countrys respective premier leagues.

    I wouldnt call ANY of these players sub standard chsmpionship players at all.

  • cyprus

    Jul 22, 2016 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #29

    Opposite point of view but good points expat.

  • SUTTY1978

    Jul 22, 2016 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #30

    I’m also still not sure how much input Benitez has in the players we are after. It’s not like he’s scouted them, other than perhaps the lad from Atletico. He’s obviously never seen Hanley play or he wouldn’t say he was fast

  • brklyngeordie

    Jul 22, 2016 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #31

    Feel like most sad to see Gini go but will get over it quick, good technical player but didn’t have true position and says a lot that he couldn’t earn the captaincy in a team that was crying for one last season, understand his move as he didn’t sign w/ us to be in championship and will say never spoke himself up and made public his desires for a bigger club although he may have been thinking it…..

    Now as for Moussa, £35m for him would be highway robbery this has to be the most inflated price ever this man has below par crossing ability absolutely no idea how to head a ball or use himself aerially tactically is crap and only plays well when playing against the so called big clubs which is only to impress for himself and get people looking this man is one of the biggest farces in football been saying it forever getting rid of him for anything would be great £35m would be the best deal possibly in history of transfer window…

    Love the way team is taking shape can’t wait to see where we stand by boxing day hoping for some good health for a few of the lads (Aarons, De Jong, Haidara) interested to see who really wants to fight for the badge and put this club where it belongs would love to see all these snakes that jumped ship this season next year in the Prem…HWTL

  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2016 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #32

    To those like Cyprus and Sutty bewailing the loss of Wijnaldum and Sissoko.

    Yoo Hoo lads we are in the Championship.

    Do you honestly think we could rely on them to turn up away against Fulham on 6th August when they couldn’t be arsed away against Swansea or home against Watford in the PL last season ?

    There are some cracking midfielders all over Europe looking for new clubs but frustratingly for Rafa not clubs in the Championship .

    Benitez should keep his powder dry until Jan 2017 when NUFC are strolling the league and we are a much better prospect for incoming players

  • sing in the corner

    Jul 22, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #33

    Exactly / beat me to it!
    It surprises me to read people bemoaning the loss of ‘our best players’ when there’s not a cat in hell’s chance the two we are talking about would have produced for us this coming season.
    They have been ghosts lurking aroung the club for months.

  • sing in the corner

    Jul 22, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #34

    If someone blows £35mil on Mouse Sissoko then it’s incontrovertible evidence the football has finally gone completely potty.
    Mind you, 50 odd million on De Bruyne, and was it 40 odd on Ozil??
    200 grand a week being mooted for Pogba earlier in the week.
    Man, you have to laugh..
    You have to laugh man.

  • Sazzer

    Jul 22, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #35

    I don’t think waiting until January is the best idea Jib.

    Certainly some players will be available from teams that are struggling but if their club is close to title in their country then they will likely stay until next summer anyway.

    And if we are already strolling the league then why not wait until next summer?

  • sing in the corner

    Jul 22, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #36

    ..and that’s without even considering Man U wanting to shell oot 100mil for a gangly geezer they let go for nowt.

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 22, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #37

    Reading back I see that Zonal marking : Man marking, is for some an issue after a second friendly game. Given changing personnel we do not need to panic and leave it to the professional as there is a change of guard at the toon.

    Benitez at Liverpool favoured zonal marking. When the ball goes in against zonal marking its because a player hasn’t done his job properly just like with man marking. I remember a discussion on MNF a while ago and Gary Neville saying that man marking was the only system employed in his time at ManU. Whilst Carrager was a big fan of Zonal marking and pointed out the tendency for the so called Billy big bollox fans to always highlight when the ball goes in against zonal marking.

    Let’s leave Rafa to sort out the defence and not on the basis of the Doncaster second goal feel we need a major rethink.


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