Newcastle United Among Clubs Eyeing Ligue 1 Midfielder Ibrahima Sissoko

Newcastle United are believed to be among a host of clubs keen on acquiring Strasbourg midfielder Ibrahima Sissoko ​when the January transfer window opens, although it is believed the 22-year-old has reservations about the move. 

Sissoko has been a pivotal part of Strasbourg's side and has featured 21 times for Le Racing so far this season. 

Having played 1,356 minutes of first-team football for the club from Alsace this season, Sissoko's representatives met with club officials to discuss a contract extension, although the club have yet to provide a concrete offer. 

According to French publication L'Equipe (via ​Inside Futbol), the Magpies remain a very interested party in bringing the Frenchman to the Premier League in the upcoming January transfer window. 

With a number of players set for a departure from St James' Park, including out-of-favour Ki Sung-yueng who has ben ​linked with a move to CelticSteve Bruce is keen to bolster his ranks with a strong, dynamic midfielder and has identified Sissoko as a prime target. 

It is believed that Sissoko views ​Newcastle as an interesting prospect and has not ruled out a move, despite being keen to stay at Strasbourg and develop his game further. 

Having largely impressed over the last two seasons, a number of clubs from Germany and Italy have been keeping tabs on Sissoko in recent months and may look to tempt Strasbourg to sell with a concrete offer in next month's transfer window. 

With Strasbourg failing to offer a contract extension to the former Lorient midfielder, they risk losing their asset for a reduced fee, £10.5m being the figure discussed for the France Under-21 international. With ​Jonjo Shelvey's contract running down, Bruce may have another midfield departure to contend with.

In the meantime, Newcastle return to ​Premier League action with a trip to Old Trafford to face ​Manchester United on Boxing Day evening before hosting ​Leicester City at St James' Park four days later. 

Source : 90min