Moussa Sissoko would be ‘happy’ if Newcastle spend big in January transfer window

Moussa Sissoko
Moussa Sissoko

Moussa Sissoko says he’d be “happy” to see Newcastle United splash the cash in the January sales to ensure a happier New Year.

Tom Cleverley gave Everton a 1-0 Boxing Day win at St James’s Park with an injury-time goal.

And the result left the relegation-threatened club third-bottom of the Premier League ahead of this afternoon’s game against West Bromwich Albion.

United head coach Steve McClaren has refused to talk about next month’s transfer window, despite the need for reinforcements for the second half of the campaign.

Sissoko, for his part, is hopeful of a better 2015, having fought relegation for much of his time on Tyneside.

The midfielder feels Newcastle need a bit more luck over the coming weeks and months, and he also believes the club’s hierarchy will do what is needed off the pitch.

Asked what was needed at the club, he said: “I don’t know what to say.

“When you look at this game (against Everton), maybe we just need to be luckier because we played well but didn’t score. They scored right at the end.

“We will see. The owner and the staff will be making decisions.

“They will decide if they need to bring players in or not. That is not our decision, it is the staff.”

Sissoko added: “If they are able to bring good players in, we will be happy about that.”

For the second successive game, United were left to rue a missed chance, with Aleksandar Mitrovic having put a header wide 20 minutes before Cleverley claimed all three points for the visitors.

Forward Siem de Jong, a substiute against Everton, had missed a header a week earlier against Aston Villa.

Sissoko said: “You have to take your chances when they come along.

“We have to be more clinical, and when we get chances we need to score. We saw the same thing against Villa.

“Siem had a chance to get the second goal, but he missed and they scored straight after that.

“We had even more chances, but we gave Everton a chance to win it with the last ball. Now this game is gone, so we have to focus and be concentrated on the next game.”

Asked if he was worried by United’s predicament, 26-year-old Sissoko said: “We are not worried, but this position is obviously not good.

“If you look at the last four games though, you can see we are a good team.

“We have to keep going now and hopefully if we do that our fortunes will turn. We know we have to get a lot of points in the second half of the season.

“This year has been very difficult for everyone. Sometimes football is difficult, and other times everything is working.

“We have to deal with that and make sure we carry on giving everything. Hopefully, if we do that we will move up the league and the next year will be much better for everyone.”

The West Brom game is the final fixture of a troubled year at the club.

And Sissoko said: “It’s important that we get a positive result so we can finish the year out of the bottom three.

“We are not happy with where we are at the moment, but if we win at West Brom, we can change that.”