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Newcastle In Talks For Ligue 1 Defensive Midfielder – Report

There is an exclusive in the Sun that Newcastle are in the process of signing 22-year-old defensive midfielder Ibrahima Sissoko from Strasbourg.

Steve Bruce reportedly wants the 6’4″ midfielder in place by the start of January. The fee being reported for Sissoko is £13m.

The Sun also reports that the French Under-21 international would jump at the chance to join Newcastle and that Strasbourg are lining up a replacement for the Frenchman.

Keith Downie with Sky Sports has verified that Newcastle have held talks with Strasbourg over the midfielder but contends that they are only in the early stages of any negotiations.

Sissoko joined Strasbourg for £1.7m in July of 2018 from Stade Brest. This season he has made 14 appearances for the Ligue 1 club. Last season he made 35 appearances in all competitions.

While we would welcome Sissoko as a replacement for Mohammed Diame, who left Newcastle this summer, we would hope that Newcastle concentrate on getting a goal scorer this January.

If Mike Ashley is willing to fund all areas of the pitch this winter, we are all for it. Sissoko seems like he would be an excellent addition.

However, the club must address the glaring problems in front of goal. As long as Sissoko doesn’t hinder any additions upfront, then we would love to see him join Newcastle.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player For The Month Of October?

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5 comments so far

  • kimbo

    Oct 29, 2019 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #1

    What we need is goals.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 29, 2019 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #2


    keeps the ball well

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 29, 2019 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #3

    I like the dennis wise on this boy. A younger diame with pace.

  • boss hoggs atm

    Oct 30, 2019 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #4

    more links to defenders & midfielders, we need a striker with 10+ goals in his locker & you won’t get one of them for 10 mil, but we could use that money for another manager & backroom staff

  • scout

    Oct 30, 2019 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Selling Perez and allowing Rondon to leave were foolish decisions by people who know nothing of football.
    I would personally get Shearer in to work with Joelinton a couple of days a week.
    Also Ritchies a big miss, if he was on the pitch you’d get an extra 20% from players.


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