No approaches made for Sissoko and Wijnaldum, insist Newcastle

Date published: Friday 15th July 2016 11:09

Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum: Tipped to leave Newcastle

Newcastle are adamant they have had no contact from other clubs for Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum amid speculation the midfield duo could be close to transfers away from St James’ Park.

Sissoko has been linked with Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund and Wijnaldum with Tottenham in recent days with potential suitors hoping to cash in on the club’s relegation to the Sky Bet Championship.

However, it’s understood that Newcastle, who slapped a £35million price-tag on France international Sissoko earlier this week, have not received a single formal enquiry about either man. That’s despite claims about an alleged approach from West Brom for Sissoko earlier this week.

Sissoko in particular has made no secret of his desire to leave St James’ Park this summer and his representatives have been busy in recent weeks, boosted by the 26-year-old’s performances for his country at Euro 2016, where he ended up with a runners-up medal and shone in our player ratings for the final.

The player has been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs – as well as Dortmund and West Brom – in recent weeks.

But Newcastle, who saw owner Mike Ashley invest in excess of £80million – £14.5million of it on 25-year-old former PSV Eindhoven skipper Wijnaldum – in the squad last season, have no financial need to sell and are determined to do business only on their own terms.

Their valuation of Sissoko, which prompted an astonished response from his camp, is in part intended to deter time-wasters from tabling bids they would not even consider, although manager Rafael Benitez has made it clear that he wants to keep both players as he plots a swift return to the Barclays Premier League.

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