North-east rivals vie to sign French midfielder.
Newcastle United and Sunderland are embroiled in a battle to capture £2.5million-rated French international midfielder Moussa Sissoko from Toulouse.
Sissoko, who has been capped five times by France, is expected to leave in the January transfer window with Toulouse keen to cash in rather than lose him on a free transfer in the summer when his contract runs out.
Sunderland are said to be leading the race for the 22-year-old Sissoko, but Newcastle are also interested in the tall midfielder, who has also been watched by both Everton and West Ham scouts this season.
Source: Daily Mirror
Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill is looking to add some new faces in January with midfield the key area he wants to strengthen with captain Lee Cattermole ruled out for at least another month with a knee injury.
He backed out of a temporary loan deal to bring New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill back to the Premier League, but has signed French under-21 international Alfred N’Diaye for £2.5million from Turkish side Bursaspor.
Newcastle are trying to bring in new faces in a bid to halt an alarming slide towards the relegation zone and have targeted players from France. Full-back Mathieu Debuchy has already made the switch from Ligue 1 to St James’ Park and Marseille striker Loic Remy is high on the wanted list.
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