The French international made it clear he wanted to leave St James Park as soon as the Magpies relegation was confirmed last season. He began the summer begging Arsenal to make a bid before he headed off to Euro 2016 as a late call-up to Didier Deschamps squad.
However, the only interest shown in the midfielder came from Tony Pulis but West Brom’s £23m bid was rejected.
A storming set of performances as France swept to the Euro 2016 final saw the Newcastle board declare Sissoko’s value at £35m, enough to deter Europe’s elite from bidding. Rumours of interest from Real Madrid proved to be just that, with the Spanish giants confirming they had no intention of signing the Frenchman a day after he declared he was waiting for their bid.
It’s left the way clear for former Magpies boss Alan Pardew to seek a reunion with Sissoko at Selhurst Park. Flush with cash following the sales of Yannick Bolasie, 27, to Everton and Mile Jedinak, 32, expected to join Aston Villa, the Eagles are ready to negotiate with Newcastle over the sale.
Sissoko’s position has seen him try to mend bridges with the Gallowgate End but there is little mood for forgiveness from the Geordies who once worshipped the ground he walked on. It seems a move to London is the best for all concerned.
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