Amongst the transfer debris of the summer window, the Italian media reported that AC Milan approached Newcastle for Moussa Sissoko but were put off by United allegedly asking for at least 18m euros (currently around £13.5m) before they would consider letting him go.

Milan are desperately trying to visit past glories and spent over £60m in that summer window on the likes of Bacca, Romagnoli and Bertolacci.

However, they are currently only mid-table and see their big city rivals Inter second top, so that rubber stamps the fact that they need to continue to invest in the squad, with January set to see more players arrive.

Calciomercato report that AC Milan continue to be interested in Moussa Sissoko and will try to resurrect the deal in January.

However, the Italian club are said to only be interested if Newcastle are prepared to discount the price quoted in the summer.

The reports point to the fact that Moussa Sissoko’s form has been disappointing and so any deal would be a gamble on the potential of the player bouncing back to what he initially showed when he arrived on Tyneside.

With Newcastle struggling in the Premier League that is another reason why Milan think United may be prepared to do a deal, to help allow other players to be brought in to try and turn the season around.

With no credible ‘Champions League’ club likely to give Sissoko a second glance at the minute, if both the player and club see it best to part ways in January then a club such as AC Milan who are showing ambition my be an escape route for all parties.

Certainly Moussa Sissoko has done absolutely nothing so far this season to suggest he is turning the corner at Newcastle, with indeed many fans thinking he deserves to be left out, the only problem being the shortage of alternatives currently at the club.

Thursday morning has also brought claims from press in the north east that they understand Newcastle are preparing to change their transfer strategy away from solely looking for young players from abroad, with the potential of looking at experienced British players as part of any investment.