Ligue 1 star Modibo Maiga has told his club that he wants to leave, admitting that a move to Newcastle would be a dream come true.
Sochaux have offered the Malian international a new contract, but Maiga has refused to sign, with the 23-year-old insisting that he wants to leave before the transfer window closes.
"Yes [Sochaux] have made me an offer], but before the Newcastle offer I have not been offered anything, but now I would like the chairman to consider my interest. I want to leave,” Maiga said.
"I met everyone at Newcastle. They want me and it is not just any club. Premier League is a dream.
"That is the kind of game I like, it suits me and it is good for my career. I want to leave, he has to accept that and negotiate.
"I told the coach I would play and respect my contract, but the chairman has to talk about my transfer first. I don't want to annoy Sochaux, but I want it to be sorted out with Newcastle."
Newcastle are on the lookout for a striker, and Maiga has been a star for the French outfit since signing with the club in 2010. Maiga made his debut in France alongside Arsenal striker Gervinho at Le Mans, and has scored 15 goals in 36 appearances over the last season.
Newcastle have already made a €8 million bid for Maiga, according to Sky Sports, and the club are hopeful that Sochaux will decide to do business.
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