Newcastle United’s £35m valuation of Moussa Sissoko, 26, was intended to deter all but the keenest of admirers.
So far it is a ploy which has succeeded with the French international’s preferred club, Arsenal, unwilling to pay that much for his services.
Former manager, Alan Pardew, now in charge of Crystal Palace, is mulling over a bid for the midfielder whose performances for France during the latter stages of Euro 2016 were a revelation from his club form during 2015/16.
Sissoko attracted much criticism from the Gallowgate at St James Park as Newcastle slid into the Championship. A series of ineffective performances left many questioning his desire to remain on Tyneside. That view appeared to be well-founded earlier in the summer when the midfielder openly stated his desire to move to the Emirates.
However, Arsene Wenger has steadfastly refused to meet Newcastle’s demands for a player Pardew brought to St James Park for £1.5m in 2013.
The Palace manager missed out on Michy Batshuayi, 22, who went to Chelsea and, with talks over signing Liverpool’s Christian Benteke, 25, stalling, is looking elsewhere for a solution to his goal-shy attack.
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