Newcastle target Modibo Maiga has put aside his differences with Sochaux and will remain with the French club for the foreseeable future.

The Mali international had tried desperately to force through a move to Tyneside in the summer, which soured his relationship with his current employers.

Newcastle have been credited with a number of bids for the 24-year-old striker but, says Maiga, he is now happy to remain at the Stade Auguste Bonal.

"Everything is forgotten. I don't want to speak any more on the issue," Maiga told L'Equipe.

"I have now recovered from some physical problems and I now have the chance to play in the first team.

"Every player likes to receive offers but in my case the president did not want to sell.


"He spoke with me and told me I needed to stay at Sochaux and I prefer to leave things the way they are."

Newcastle are expected to re-enter the market for goalscoring reinforcements when the transfer window reopens in January but now, it would appear, will have to give up on Maiga.

The failure to land a striker in the summer irritated Alan Pardew, and the Newcastle boss is hoping the board can back him in the new year.

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