Newcastle United have offered Moussa Sissoko a new contract according to reports this morning.

L’Equipe say that their information is that the midfielder has been offered a hike in wages if he signs the new deal, which the French newspaper says would increase his contract by one year, to end in June 2020 instead of the current June 2019.

However, this is no attempt to keep the player at St James Park long-terms according to the report, instead it is simply to try and ensure a bigger transfer fee if/when Moussa Sissoko is sold this summer.

The French international confirmed that there had been interest in buying him last summer but Newcastle had knocked bidding clubs back.

Sissoko admitting as well that a major factor in not moving was to help try and protect his place for the 2016 Euros in France this year, with Didier Deschamps having warned his players of moving to clubs where they wouldn’t be guaranteed regular first team football.

In his regular interviews with the French media, everything points to a move for Moussa Sissoko this summer after the Euros, so he can pursue his much mentioned ‘Champions League’ dream.

For Newcastle, trading a short-term increase in wages for Sissoko in return for a guaranteed higher transfer fee looks a no-brainer.

The little talked about ‘Webster ruling’ means a player can buy himself out of the rest of his contract once you pass three years after it was originally signed.

Moussa Sissoko signed for Newcastle United on 25 January 2013, coming up to 3 years ago…

The Webster ruling was reported to have been used by Jonas Gutierrez when he moved from Mallorca to Newcastle back in 2008, whilst it was also rumoured that Yohan Cabaye intended to use it to force a move from Newcastle if he wasn’t allowed to leave.