The newspaper claimed via their live transfer blog on Thursday that Brighton and RB Leipzig are also interested in the 18-year-old centre-back, who is eligible to play for both Mali and France.
It is understood that Newcastle have “moved swiftly” to try and sign Sissako and view him as someone who could gradually start to feature in their first-team next season as he adapts to life in English football.
Newcastle do not need another centre-back to add to what is already a bloated area of the squad. Steve Bruce does not need any new centre-backs as his options are already fine. Federico Fernandez, Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Ciaran Clark and Florian Lejeune already stock up that position nicely and although Sissako may be viewed as one for the future, it is better off if the Magpies use that money on strengthening areas of the starting line-up that need it. It’s good to see the club looking to the future and eyeing up young players from top clubs like Paris Saint-Germain, but 6ft [transfermarkt] Sissako could take years to be as good as what Newcastle already have in that position – he is yet to make a single senior appearance in France. Newcastle need full-backs, another striker, a winger or two and maybe another central midfielder. If Sissako is cheap then go for it, if not, then let Wolves and Brighton fight among themselves.