Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Time for Sissoko to Face Reality; WANTAWAY STAR CAN DO A JOB IN CHAMPIONSHIP OR MOVE... BUT NOT TO THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Time for Sissoko to Face Reality; WANTAWAY STAR CAN DO A JOB IN CHAMPIONSHIP OR MOVE... BUT NOT TO THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

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Byline: Chris Waugh Sports Writer chris.waugh@trinitymirro.com

MOUSSA Sissoko envisages himself as a Champions League performer - yet the top-level options appear few and far between for the Frenchman.

Interestingly, however, the wantaway Newcastle United midfielder could yet be offered the opportunity of a reunion with his former manager Alan Pardew, according to reports in the national media.

It is claimed the former Magpies boss is hoping to replace Yannick Bolasie - who has moved to Everton in a deal which could eventually be worth as much as PS30million - with Sissoko.

Pardew has already lured Andros Townsend to Crystal Palace this summer after meeting the winger's buyout clause - and if national reports are to be believed he wants Sissoko too.

United sources played that down and Pardew has said he does not want Sissoko.

Yet the whole saga illustrates the standing Sissoko has in the summer transfer scramble.

For Sissoko, the prospect of moving to Palace - who may have reached the FA Cup final last season but finished 15th in the table, just five points ahead of relegated Newcastle - will hardly get his juices flowing.

The attraction of London, and of a return to top-flight football, could play some part in convincing him to make the move if that turns out to be his only realistic option.

However, Selhurst Park hardly equates to the Bernabeu or the Emirates - where Sissoko has made it abundantly clear in a series of interviews this summer he believes he should be plying his trade.

West Bromwich Albion - who finished one point and one place higher than the Eagles last season - were another club who showed interest earlier in the summer.

Real Madrid have used the Spanish media to make it clear they are no longer pursuing Sissoko - and, though a few European clubs have cast a glance in the Frenchman's direction following his Euro 2016 exploits, none are willing to match Newcastle's eye-watering PS35m valuation. …

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