Newcastle will look to restrict the number of losses they will experience this January, by refusing a bid for Arsenal target, Moussa Sissoko.
According to Daily Star, It is understood that Mike Ashley may indeed be open to letting him go but if only the right price is met, and if they are able to move for a return to St. James’ Park for Yohan Cabaye.
Much has been said already about the need for Wenger to make use of the January window to add more strength to his squad and there is no need more glaring than that of a defensive midfielder. Several options have been scouted in the Premier League, with some approaches believed to have been made for some players already, one of whom is Sissoko.
The Gunners are surely in need of midfielders at the moment as injuries have drastically limited the options available to Wenger and not being able to add the identified quality this January will represent a massive blow to us.
The emergence of 23-year old Francis Coquelin as a regular in the team and the trusted defensive midfielder, having been on loan at Charlton just 5 weeks ago, underlines the desperation and dearth in numbers.
Calum Chambers has also been handed a trial for the role but it proved largely unsuccessful and for all of Coquelin’s very impressive performances so far, you still think there will be occasions to big for him to rise to, hence the need for a more established personality.
It means we should be stumping up a better fee for Sissoko in order to convince them to sell. He is one of the most energetic midfielders in the Premier League, and even if he may not score as many as Yaya Toure or Ramsey, he has the ability to make his presence felt in a game and could add some more physical maturity to our team which appears too fragile at times.
Sissoko has already admitted his support for Arsenal, dating back to his childhood; there is a real chance he’d be willing to move if a real interest is registered. And a real interest has to be backed by a serious bid, not the ‘farcical’ type Wenger had initially dismissed from Inter in their bid for Podolski. With the right system, Sissoko can give as much to our attack as he does for Newcastle, even while being the principal holding player, as we’ve seen with Coquelin.
The youngster was the deepest lying midfielder against Hull but still carved out sublime forward passes, one of which nearly put Walcott through on goal.
Alan Pardew’s departure could be another incentive to offer a nicer bait to Newcastle for Sissoko’s services. He was key for the now-Palace-boss and with him gone, there could be a desire to move on.
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