Newcastle were reportedly close to signing PSG defender Moussa Sissako this summer. Both Newcastle and Brighton had offers on the table for 18-year-old but neither deal could not be concluded.
We had hoped that Newcastle would return with a move for Sissako in January to add to the academy. Steve Bruce had said that there were funds set aside to add youth players but the club only ended up adding free agents.
After today’s very disappointing opener for the Under-23s, they need to refocus their efforts on adding young talent.
FULL-TIME: @ReadingFC Under-23s 6-0 Newcastle United Under-23s
A difficult afternoon for the young Magpies as Andrija Novakovich's hat-trick, Thierry Nevers' brace and a goal from Tyler Frost seal the win for the Royals, with United's Owen Bailey receiving a red card. #NUFC
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 12, 2019
France Football is reporting that French Ligue 2 side Le Havre is going all out to bring Moussa Sissako in this summer.
INFO FF – Le Havre en pince pour Moussa Sissako (PSG) https://t.co/dJ97OEu7wY
— france football (@francefootball) August 12, 2019
If Newcastle really wanted Sissako and were lining up a winter move for the defender, they are now powerless to prevent him from moving to Le Havre. The French transfer window is open until September 2nd and PSG are said to be willing to sell Moussa Sissako for the right price.
The issue for Le Havre is what price that happens to be. They have thus far not spent any money in the transfer market instead relying on free transfers and loans. It depends on what fee PSG would expect for their academy product whether Le Havre can make the deal.
The Le Havre academy, incidentally, is where Newcastle plucked Charles N’Zogbia from in 2004. The ultimately ended up have to pay the club a £250k as compensation for N’Zogbia.