Hamburg bid for Newcastle United & France midfielder Moussa Sissoko

Moussa Sissoko: Wanted man
Moussa Sissoko: Wanted man

The race for Moussa Sissoko seems to have begun.

SV Hamburg are the first club to come in for the Newcastle United midfielder, with French newspaper L’Équipe this morning reporting that the German outfit have bid 12 million euros (£9.5m) for him.

Sissoko wants out at St James’s Park following the Magpies relegation to the Sky Bet Championship.

Boss Rafa Benitez has stated that there are players he will look to keep for a promotion challenge though once a bidding war hots up for the French star it prove difficult.

Hamburg is unlikely to be a favoured destination for the 26-year-old, given the Germans finished only 10th in the Bundesliga, and £9.5m will be a few million shy of United’s valuation.

Sissoko has been linked with Arsenal, a transfer which would bring Champions League football.

The player, who came on as a late substitute in France’s 2-1 win over Romania on Friday night at Euro 2016, says talk on his future will have to wait.

“I am fully focused on Euro 2016 and Les Bleus,” he said at a press conference. “I will deal with my club situation after that.”