Newcastle were linked with an interest in Strasbourg midfielder Ibrahima Sissoko in October. The Sun had an exclusive that a £13m deal was in the works and that the 22-year-old was keen to join Newcastle.
However, local journalists soon followed up to douse some cold water on those claims. They countered that Newcastle may have made initial contact with the player’s representatives, but no formal approach had been made.
There’s not been much more definitive information on Newcastle’s interest in the French under-21 international. Journalist Alan Nixon tweeted the following but that’s been about it.
Just down to the fee. Shouldn’t be a problem. https://t.co/hnDAAhHfgI
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) November 24, 2019
However, it has been speculated that a box to box type of midfielder is high on Bruce’s wishlist. The most recent link was with Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka but that was always an improbable proposition.
If Newcastle have a genuine interest in Ibrahima Sissoko, there may be a problem brewing as he’s reportedly about to enter negotiations on an extension with Strasbourg.
France Football have a report that the French club have approached Sissoko’s representatives to start discussions on extending the midfielder’s contract. His current deal runs until 2022.
The article says that nothing formal has been arranged just yet. However, it also reports that Sissoko welcomes an extension with Strasbourg despite the interest from Premier League clubs like Newcastle.
With Sissoko’s current valuation being in the £10-15m range, any new deal is likely to increase his value. If the 22-year-old does end up extending his contract, it could hamper the chances of Newcastle bringing in the player next month.