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“Yesterday, he was declared withdrawn because of muscular pains, but unofficially it seems to be a “diplomatic” injury.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.
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