Reports in France are this morning saying that Newcastle United have received an £18 million bid for Moussa Sissoko from Tottenham Hotspur. This is huge news and it's something we have all been expecting to happen sooner rather than later, not many people would have bet on Spurs making the first move mind.
Is £18 million enough?
When you consider how dramatically Sissoko's form dipped at the end of last season, £18 million seems like Spurs would be well over paying. However, Sissoko still has the peak years of his career ahead of him. Since joining Newcastle in January 2013, Sissoko has made 81 appearances and scored 10 goals. He has been vital to Newcastle over the past two and half years but last season he disappeared at the rear end of the season. When the going got tough, Moussa got going.
Are Spurs the right team for him?
There are many teams in Europe who could benefit from having Moussa Sissoko in their team, but Spurs might not be one of them. Although Alan Pardew wrongly played Sissoko on the wing for his entire debut season on Tyneside, Sissoko is not a winger, he's a central midfield powerhouse. Tottenham are already over stocked in central midfield so I fear a move to Spurs may be detrimental to Sissoko's career. Another team who would benefit from Sissoko would be their North London rivals Arsenal. The Gunners have been crying out for a midfield powerhouse since Patrick Vieira left them and Sissoko could fill them void brilliantly.
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Why should he leave Newcastle?
Newcastle are finally showing some promise of their own and have just signed two phenomenal players in Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic. They are also on the verge of signing Chancel Mbemba, the young centre back from Anderlecht. Seeing as though Newcastle are finally showing a bit of ambition, now seems like it may be a great time to be a Magpie and leaving might be a mistake, but it's a risk he should take if a Champions League club comes in for him, only a Champions League club.
Newcastle can almost certainly live without Moussa Sissoko. They will need to bring in a high quality winger target to replace him and some reports suggest that they will ask Tottenham to put Andros Townsend in the deal. That would solve that problem.
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The legitimacy of these reports is to be confirmed at the moment but whether they are or are not true, Sissoko shouldn't leave Newcastle unless a Champions League Club comes in for him.