West Ham target Moussa Sissoko has 'no intention' of staying at Newcastle

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Moussa Sissoko is looking to leave relegated Newcastle United this summer, according to a report in France.

The influential L'Equipe newspaper today report that the midfielder, handed the captain's armband by Rafa Benitez last month, has "absolutely no intention of staying" at St James's Park.

West Ham United are reportedly interested in signing the 26-year-old, who struggled for form for much of the season.

Sissoko is in France's squad for Euro 2016, and he could wait until after the tournament, which is being staged in his homeland, to make a decision on his future.

However, Benitez, should he stay on and manage the club in the Championship, could force Sissoko to remain on Tyneside.

United owner Mike Ashley has made it clear that there will be no fire sale of players. Only those deemed surplus to requirements will be allowed to leave, and only then at the right price.