Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cissokho Transfer Claim Is Not True; St James' Sources Deny Aly Rumour Newcastle Are Not in to Buy Cissokho

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cissokho Transfer Claim Is Not True; St James' Sources Deny Aly Rumour Newcastle Are Not in to Buy Cissokho

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

ALY Cissokho's claim that Newcastle United are in talks to buy him are untrue, according to sources at St James' Park. The 24-year-old left-back's absence from Lyon's 1-0 defeat in Montpellier on Saturday prompted rumours the France international had travelled to Tyneside for a medical.

Cissokho denied a deal was that far advanced, but claimed the clubs were in dialogue. Newcastle sources have told The Journal that is not the case.

Newcastle enquired about Cissokho in the summer, but signed Internazionale defender Davide Santon instead. After a slow start while he learned English, and Premier League football, Italy's Under-21 captain has impressed in the No.3 shirt since finally ousting Ryan Taylor.

Santon's emergence does not preclude the signing of a left-back.

Right-back Danny Simpson has for a long time been involved in a stand-off over an extension to his contract, which expires in the summer.

He has been linked with a move to Fulham this month. Santon is more comfortable on the right - where he has played for his country's senior side - than on the opposite flank, where he has not, and could therefore replace Simpson were a left-back to sign.

At present, though, Cissokho does not fit the bill.

Having gone into the transfer window expecting only to sign a striker, manager Alan Pardew has changed his tune. He is willing to look at any young player within his budget who he regards as representing value for money, but Lyon's pounds 10m price tag means Cissokho does not fall into that category.

Lyon need the money and revealed last week they are willing to sell, but their demands will have to fall significantly to pique the Magpies' interest.

In the meantime Arsenal - whose need for a left-back is far more pressing - could make a move, having also been linked with the player. Cissokho acknowledged there are other clubs interested, though he only named Newcastle. …

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