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Ligue 1 striker wants 'dream' Newcastle move

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Sochaux striker Madibo Maiga has reiterated his desire to join Newcastle as the relationship between the two clubs becomes increasingly strained.

The 23-year-old has allegedly refused to train until he his allowed to move to St James' Park, and Sochaux have now reported the Magpies to FIFA for what they claim is an illegal approach.

A club statement read: "On Monday August 22, 2011, FC Sochaux-Montbeliard sent a referral to FIFA with the aim of obtaining (assurances) on the part of Newcastle United that they will stop their contacts with Modibo Maiga, who is under contract with FCSM until 2014.

''This (contact) is in violation of Article 18 of the current international regulations.

"This measure comes after Sochaux demanded without success, in an official manner and on two occasions, that the English club put a stop to their actions.''




 

Maiga, meanwhile, wants the situation resolved as soon as possible so he can secure a 'dream' switch to Newcastle which, at the moment, remains in doubt.

"I want it to be done with Newcastle. I want to leave - it is necessary that the president agrees to negotiate," Maiga told L'Equipe.

"I met everybody, they want me and it is not any club. England is a dream. I want to go."

Newcastle are also hoping to tie up the signing of defender Erik Pieters from PSV Eindhoven before the close of the transfer window, although they have yet to meet the valuation placed on the head of the Holland international.

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