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Conflicting reports on Cissokho Monday medical at Toon

Posted on January 14th, 2012 | 13 Comments |

Aly Cissokho - On his way to Toon?
Aly Cissokho - On his way to Toon?
Several reports in the French media, including Lyon’s “Le Progrès” this morning, have claimed that Olympique Lyonnais and their left back, Aly Cissokho, have agreed a deal with Newcastle United, and also that the player will be in Toon on Monday for a medical.

There was nothing definitive on a price, though OL are known to be looking for around €10 million (£8.5 million), or €9 million (£7.5 million) if pushed, which they certainly would be by our pasimonious fat controller, Mike Ashley. This would be a big loss on the €15 million they paid Portuguese F.C.Porto for him in 2009.

My decidedly dodgy translation of Le Progrès’ story (which I had to pay a subscription for) from it’s original French goes thus:

“Yesterday, he was declared withdrawn because of muscular pains, but unofficially it seems to be a “diplomatic” injury. Cissokho is in fact awaited for a medical visit at Newcastle on Monday and it is evident that in the valuation of the selling club (€9 million minimum), no risk was going to be run. Yesterday, Rémi (Garde – OL’s manager) recalled that he was an important player for the team, but that a transfer was possible.”

However there has also been a report coming from Sky Sports saying that St James’ Park “sources” have confirmed to them that talk of a Monday medical was “wide of the mark”. In the same report, they also claimed that:

“The Magpies are understood to be looking for a new defender and they are believed to be keeping tabs on Cesena defender Yohan Benalouane.”

Which leaves things about as clear as mudso far. The claims from both sides don’t seem to offer anything very substantial, and if Newcastle were on the verge of completing a “daring swoop” (as they say) for the defender, they would probably keep quiet about it rather than spill the beans to Sky Sports anyway. But we will probably know one way or the other on Monday.

Allez les Garçons!

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13 Responses

  1. Nice positive comments from Pardew re transfers, sounds confident.

    We’re in strong position…

    Might take players now instead of summer etc…

    Would like cissokho. 2 attacking fullbacks will give us another dimension going forward. Hope this comes off or Clyne, Tomkins and Morrison (who looks great!) and I’m well happy. Think we’d get a better striker in summer but if someone comes up? Rhodes?

    Think we need a bit of homegrown to be fair.

  2. the 7.5 mil uk price is about right but apparently only 4mil of it is coming up front with the othe 3.5 depending on appearences or withinin the ne financial year now a nar wot ya ganna say that ashley always pays up front for transfers theese days but if he knows were we are in the league at the mo then it might be a gamble worth taking if we can make it into europe cause with that comes revenue.

  3. also if we don’t and he still play well all we gt to do is sell him for between 3.5 and 5mil in order to cover that loose end but for instance tiote not in euro compition and stil been touted by man u for silly money

  4. Iguess Simpson would be sold subsequently. Santon on the right, Cissokho on the left with Raylor covering both of them. If this does happen, I really hope it’s not our only move. I think we’re more in need of a center half.

  5. Be nice if it happens Aly Cissokho think hes top notch meself. shielsy nufc83 press can say what they like aint no bid coming from man utd they skint mate

  6. I dnt know the wage story with Simmo and Perch but maybe Pards has been parading Perch lately in order to get a potential buyer and replace with this lad, Simmo on bench??? Just a thought…

  7. “P Lovenkran’s Calf/Shin Injury 1 day

    Does this mean he may feature tommorow?”

    I hope to not. Probably Lovenkradns, SH Ameobi are the most ineffective forwards in PL. Very surprised why Pardew keep tabs on players with 10 goals altogether for 2 years. If it wasn’t about BA, we would had the worst attack in the league. Still thinking the most reasonable move would be a bid for quality forward.

  8. I’ll believe this when I see it, as our main priority is a CB, not a left back & not for £7.5m either…. :(

    Plus the fact this Cissokho has the joint European record for OG’s… he’s scored 4 so far according to some, which isn’t what you want from a defender :(

  9. Think they must have told the FCB that it was £7.50 and a free go on the roulette….can’t see fatboy spending millions, it’s just not in his nature

  10. I’ve seen this Cissokho play a few times and he really is a fantastic full back. with him on the left and Santon on the right we would be genuine europe contenders (perhaps + 1 striker). What people seem to forget i think about Santon is hes only 19, yet already played 7 times for Italy and started in a champions league final! Hes definately showed that quality recently