Newcastle United transfer news: Wijnaldum to Liverpool latest, Real Madrid in for Moussa Sissoko?

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Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been linked with a shock move to Real Madrid.

The French midfielder wants to leave St James's Park this summer after the club's relegation to the Championship.

Both Everton and Juventus have been credited with an interest in Sissoko - who Newcastle United value at £35million.

Sissoko - who has long-been linked with a move to Arsenal - wants to join a Champions League side.

Moussa Sissoko is due back at Newcastle United on August 1.

The midfielder was given an extended break away from the club because of his involvement in Euro 2016 with losing finalists France.

Sissoko, like Liverpool-bound Georginio Wijnaldum, wants to leave St James's Park in the wake of the club's relegation to the Championship.

A clutch of clubs, including Borussia Dortmund, are interested in the 26-year-old, who wants to stay in England and play "top-level matches".

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Meanwhile, Rafa Benitez is hoping Newcastle United can quickly push through the rest of their transfer business – so he can finalise his starting XI for the new season.

The club has already made six signings this summer.

And Benitez is keen to tie up the rest of their transfer business sooner rather than later, ahead of the new Championship campaign.

One player who is due to leave the North East is Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

He is set to undergo a medical at Liverpool today ahead of a £25million move to Anfield.

"We want to finish getting the squad together as quickly as possible," said Benitez.

"Then we can start thinking about what we want to do with the team. You want your team to be sorted as soon as possible, but at the moment, we are still having to wait and see what is going to happen with a few things.

"Little by little we are getting there though, and we will soon be at a point where we have to start finalising the team that will play against Fulham.

"Soon, we will have to be saying, ‘OK, this could be the team that starts’."