A move for Moussa Sissoko could be triggered by the sale of Saido Berahino.

The irony of this wouldn’t be lost on Newcastle fans with the much reported supposed chase for the West Brom striker last season, ending with United allegedly offering over £20m for Berahino in January.

At that time Tony Pulis had frozen the striker out of the first team picture at the Hawthorns and so to the general public it seemed very strange that West Brom wouldn’t have sold at that point.

However, despite Berahino only having one year left on his current contract, West Brom are reported by the West Midlands media to be still confident of getting up to £20m for the striker in what is sure to be an inflated transfer market this summer.

The Express & Star claim that if West Brom can cash in Berahino for between £15m and £20m, they could look to use that cash to make an offer for Moussa Sissoko.

The Newcastle midfielder has of course made any number of interviews talking about his ambitions of playing for the best clubs in Europe but based on his performances in recent seasons, he would have as much chance as Berahino of that happening this summer.

Stoke City are reported to be the club showing the most active interest in signing Saido Berahino and when they bought Giannelli Imbula for over £18m in January, it confirmed their status as a club ready to invest in their squad in a major way, by using the rising TV riches to fund an ever improving/more expensive squad.

With Moussa Sissoko having came out in public and said he doesn’t want to stay at Newcastle, it has put him in an interesting position.

If the likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal and Bayern Munich fail to recognise how great his talent is, then what will he do if it is the likes of West Brom who are the only ones to put the money on the table?

With the level of his wages and the transfer fee that Newcastle would demand, it leaves only a very small number of clubs outside of the Premier League that could potentially afford Sissoko.

It would be a massive surprise if the likes of Spurs, Arsenal and Man City had any interest in the Newcastle midfielder, which would only leave Leicester City as a potential buying club that could offer Champions League football.

The question then would be why would a team like the Foxes with such brilliant character and work ethic, want to take a risk on somebody like Moussa Sissoko?

The biggest joke of all is that if Premier League Champions Leicester City did come in for Sissoko, I have no doubt he would think such a club was beneath him.

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