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Moussa Sissoko aims to be a hit with Newcastle United

SET TO SIGN ... Newcastle United target Moussa Sissoko.

SET TO SIGN ... Newcastle United target Moussa Sissoko.

  • by ROSS GREGORY
 

MOUSSA Sissoko is confident his style of play will make him a hit at Newcastle United.

The French midfielder is set to complete his move to Tyneside in the next 24 hours as Newcastle’s raid on France shows no signs of slowing down.

Having tied up the signing of a fourth Ligue 1 player in two weeks in youngster Massadio Haidara yesterday, Sissoko looks set to become No5.

And the Gallic incomings may not end there, with Newcastle having slapped in a bid for teenage talent Florian Thauvin.

The deal for Sissoko is all but done, with the midfielder confirming last night that he is joining the Magpies.

He said: “I have really enjoyed my time at Toulouse, but now I go to another club, another championship, and I hope it works out.

“I think the English championship is the championship which suits my style of play the best.

“Newcastle are a very good club, despite the fact that they are fairly low down in the standings at the moment.

“They have quality players, and had a brilliant season last year. That is what motivated me to go to this club.

“I will get game time at Newcastle, and it is important for me as a player to play as much football as possible.

“I think Newcastle is the ideal club.”

Sissoko is due on Tyneside today after United agreed a fee of around £2.5m for the 23-year-old star.

Sissoko, who has six French caps, was out of contract at the end of the season, and Newcastle had originally planned to get him to sign a pre-contract this month which would see him complete a free transfer switch in the summer.

But both the player and the Magpies pushed for the deal to be completed during this transfer window, and Toulouse eventually relented after something of a stand-off.

A statement by the French club said: “Moussa Sissoko will not go to the end of his contract,

“He found an agreement with Newcastle United for a definitive transfer which takes effect today.”

The move for Thauvin is less clear-cut, despite Bastia revealing they had received an offer from Newcastle yesterday.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder has attracted the attention of Arsenal and French club Lille, and Bastia are determined to get the best price for their pize asset.

Newcastle have made a £2.5m offer which includes a 15 per cent sell on clause and would see Thauvin loaned back to Bastia for the rest of the season.

The French club are considering the offer, and hope that Arsenal will come in with a higher bid, but Newcastle won’t get involved in an auction for the France Under-20 international.

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