Newcastle’s wantaway midfielder Moussa Sissoko is supposedly on Alan Pardew’s summer shopping list, despite having been openly courted by Juventus and Real Madrid in recent weeks.
On a personal level, Sissoko will look back on Euro 2016 with a great deal of pride despite his country’s eventual failure to emerge triumphant, having been something of a shining light for Didier Deschamps’ team throughout the tournament.
His performances may not have chimed fluently with the view most Magpies fans have of him, but after dazzling many who were watching from afar, it should probably come as little surprise to hear that there is interest in him gathering pace across Europe.
There have always been breakout stars from international tournaments; an inevitable byproduct of the scrutiny that each game is placed under by the watching public. We need only look back to the 2002 World Cup which saw El Hadji Diouf catapulted to global fame, or Hal Robson-Kanu’s exploits with Wales this summer to see what a sizeable impact a few good weeks can have on your long-term career prospects.
That being said, if you ask just a few Newcastle fans for their impression of Moussa Sissoko via the medium of social media, it will paint a vivid picture of the rod he’s made for his own back on Tyneside over the years. Some neutrals will suggest that it’s nothing more than sour grapes on their part but trust me, there is an almost universal level of apathy reserved for the Frenchman amongst the Magpies faithful which rivals and in some cases outstrips the feelings of disdain they had for Alan Pardew towards the end of his reign at St James’ Park.
Until now, it had seemed highly unlikely that Palace would make a move for the Newcastle man given their obvious focus on signing a new striker or two, but the wording of the above feature is remarkably direct in declaring our genuine interest in pushing through a deal in the coming days.
Have a read of it for yourself and watch this space.