Rafa Benitez says there has been plenty of interest in Moussa Sissoko and clubs approaching Newcastle United to ask about his availability.

However, the Newcastle boss says that with five days now remaining of the transfer window, the club still hasn’t had an acceptable offer for the midfielder.

What exactly a suitable offer would be for Moussa Sissoko is unknown but one this is for sure, Rafa Benitez says that the player will not be allowed to leave on a loan deal.

The idea of having neither the player or the money is clearly no use to anybody, especially with Rafa hoping to still bring in a number of players himself.

Whilst he says that Sissoko might still end up staying, it must surely be far-fetched to believe this would actually happen.

A player desperate to be away, the manager clearly having other players he wants to spend the Sissoko money on, plus of course the biggest concern for Newcastle fans – Moussa Sissoko showed such bad attitude and lack of effort so often in the Premier League, so exactly how motivated would he be in the Championship?!!

We are now living in times where with the new TV deal, you have a situation where all 20 clubs in the Premier League could afford to buy Sissoko, which has led to the likes of both West Brom and Crystal Palace being seen as credible bidders – not that the player himself would want to go to either of those.

The bottom line is that there are clubs who want to buy Moussa Sissoko, Newcastle United want to sell him, the fans see him as total poison – so all that needs to be agreed now is a price for a buyer and seller to agree on.

Sissoko will go but it will be of great interest to Newcastle fans just how far down the food chain from Real Madrid that Moussa Sissoko has to settle for.

Rafa Benitez:

“In  transfer windows, you have an idea (of what is happening) and then you have the players, the agents and the clubs.

“We’ve had clubs asking about Moussa Sissoko but the offers haven’t been good enough, so he is still here.

“We don’t know what will happen now but if they come in with the right offer, maybe we can say ‘Yes’.

“If there isn’t the right offer, maybe he has to stay here.

We have had some bids but they have not been big enough.

“We definitely won’t consider a loan deal.

Moussa Sissoko is training well – we are dealing with him and managing him, he has been training well.”