An exclusive has been claimed in France on Friday afternoon, Newcastle United reported to have turned down an offer for Moussa Sissoko.
Le10Sport report that their information is that Newcastle have knocked back the first offer from Napoli but that the Italian club is expected to come back in with an increased offer.
Recent days have seen an apparent stalemate on Newcastle signing any more players, with claimed interest/offers for Andros Townsend and Saido Berahino not turning into completed deals.
Some Newcastle fans have speculated that the delay on any further deals is possibly down to the failure to raise cash through sales.
The banking of around £5m and saved wages on high earner Cheick Tiote is still to be completed, as well as a number of more minor/less expensive players such as Mike Williamson, Gael Bigirimana, Sylvain Marveuax and Shane Ferguson.
However, if Newcastle were indeed serious about buying the likes of Berahino and Townsend, or similarly valued players, in this window, I do have a feeling that one of Perez or Sissoko would have to be sacrificed.
Early January saw reports in France of Newcastle trying to sort a new contract for Moussa Sissoko, with a year to be added in return for higher wages.
However, no deal has been agreed and without it, Newcastle could fall foul of the Webster Ruling.
This allows any player who is three years into his contract to buy himself out of the remainder of it, which is how Newcastle landed Jonas Gutierrez.
A new contract would protect Newcastle against potentially losing Moussa Sissoko on the cheap but without a new deal, maybe we could see United sacrifice the French international to bring in other player(s) – if an offer from Napoli, or anywhere else, is deemed acceptable.
Le10Sport also report that PSG are keeping an eye on the Moussa Sissoko situation and could make their own offer this month.