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Moussa Sissako will choose move to either Newcastle or Brighton today – RMC

2 weeks ago
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Last week brought news of  Newcastle United interest in Moussa Sissako.

The 18 year old PSG defender (not the Spurs midfielder who turns 30 in 10 days time) said by RMC to be in talks with Newcastle about a move.

The young centre-back turns 19 in November and RMC said (see below) that their information was that agreement was close on both transfer fee and personal terms.

Now on Tuesday, RMC have followed that up with news that both Newcastle and Brighton have agreed a deal with PSG and it is now simply down to the 18 year old which one he chooses.

Back on 18 April 2019 when the latest accounts were published, Lee Charnley said in an interview with selectively invited journalist that, amongst other things, a specific budget would be set aside for younger players to come in below first team squad level.

Steve Bruce then made reference to this as well in recent days, so such a bid for Moussa Sissako (as well as a number of others) would appear to fall within this remit.

When Mike Ashley is so determined to chase his dream of maximum resale value on older younger (if that makes sense…) players in their early 20s, such as Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin, speculating money on even younger players would very much make sense, in the hope that they will make rapid progress.

This plan was a complete disaster over a decade ago when Dennis Wise was allowed to choose the signings, hopefully those doing the choosing this time will have a bit more ability to do so.

Get French Football News (GFFN) report:

‘Moussa Sissako to choose between Brighton & Newcastle in the coming hours

RMC report that 18-year-old PSG central defender Moussa Sissako is going to join a Premier League club in the coming hours.

The teenager has 4-year contract proposals from both Brighton and Newcastle United, with the pair of English 1st division sides having agreed a fee with the Ligue 1 champions.’

The Mag – 1 August 2019:

Latest reports from France state that Moussa Sissako is set to sign for Newcastle United.

No, not that one.

Only an a/o different to our old friend, Sissako is a centre-back  currently with PSG.

He turns 19 in November and his only first team involvement so far, saw the then 17 year old make sub appearances against both Arsenal and Atletico Madrid in July 2018, both games in the pre-season Champions Cup competition.

Moussa Sissako became a regular for the PSG reserve side who play in the fourth tier of French football, the defender starting 21 league matches and coming off the bench in another two.

French radio station RMC have covered the reported progress of the Allan Saint-Maximin transfer throughout today, with claims that a deal is now done and the 22 year old winger has agreed terms on a six year deal, whilst Nice are said to be getting a minimum of £20m for the player including easily reached add-on bonus payments. The initial fee stated as £16.4m by the French media organisation, as well as others.

As you can see below, both RMC and GFFN are claiming that this Moussa Sissako transfer is close to being finalised.

With such a concentration once again on Ligue 1 clubs, as Newcastle are also trying to sign 20 year old left-back Stanley N’Soki from PSG, the idea of targeting young French players with potential (both playing wise and financially) looks to be very much back in fashion.

Whether Graham Carr is once more playing an active part in Newcastle United’s recruitment after Rafa’s departure, is an unknown.

No mention of what kind of fee Newcastle would be paying, or indeed whether Moussa Sissako would be instantly joining the first team squad if a transfer happened, or heading for the under 23 set up initially.

GFFN (Get french Football News) report:

‘Newcastle United in advanced negotiations for Moussa Sissako

RMC report that Premier League side Newcastle United are in advanced negotiations to close a deal with PSG to sign 18-year-old central defender Moussa Sissako.

Under contract until 2021 with Les Parisiens, it is not believed that the young Franco-Malian has a future under Thomas Tuchel. A deal is close both from a fee perspective & on a personal terms level.’

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