Newcastle United have now received their first concrete offer of the summer for Moussa Sissoko, according to reports in France.

Foot Mercato claim that their information is that it is Tottenham who have made the first bid for the Newcastle midfielder, though the player’s agent refused to confirm on the claims when approached by the French media organisation.

They claim that Manchester United had expressed an interest but after their transfer window activity so far, particularly the capture of Morgan Schneiderlin, they are no longer interested.

However, with Moussa Sissoko having previously declared his preference to stay in England, the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal are still interested according to Foot Mercato’s sources.

Their information is that Newcastle are willing to sell, if somebody comes up with a bid of around 23m euros (approx £16m), no figure was put on the alleged Spurs offer.

The arrivals of Wijnaldum and Mitrovic, then Mbemba expected to be completed hopefully today, have been met with relief and excitement that at last Mike Ashley has realised the quality needed to at least aim for something better than survival.

However, the fear always is that he may cash in on at least one of Newcastle’s better players to claw cash back in.

Despite an indifferent season last time out, Moussa Sissoko is easily Newcastle’s most saleable asset and repeatedly in interviews he has stated that he wants to play for a ‘big’ club in the future that can offer Champions League football.

Whether that future is now and Tottenham are the club that could sell the idea of Champions League happening for them in the near future…?

With 39 days until the transfer window closes, Newcastle fans are hoping for more credible signings and to keep the decent players that are already at St James Park.