It is understood that the Magpies are eyeing up the 22-year-old as one of a number of potential January signings as Steve Bruce looks to pull his squad away from a relegation battle this season, as per the Chronicle.
And while Sissoko’s people regard a possible switch as “very interesting”, they also deny United making contact with the Frenchman as of yet.
It’s clear that Newcastle United need to strengthen in January. After a patchy start to the season, relegation is still a looming spectre, and the sooner Steve Bruce can do something to combat that, the better. That being said, whether they need to strengthen in the centre of the park is a matter of debate. The Longstaff brothers, Isaac Hayden, and Jonjo Shelvey are all capable of playing the same role that Sissoko does, and you would imagine that finding a goalscorer would be a bigger priority. Nonetheless, the 22-year-old is an exciting prospect. With 1.4 tackles per game, plus a pass success rate of 84.5% this season, as per Whoscored, it’s clear that he is a no nonsense, old school midfield enforcer. Maybe that kind of steeliness wouldn’t go amiss in the engine room.