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Leicester And Stoke City Are Realistic Destinations For This Desperate Newcastle Star

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Sourav Bhakat
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Moussa Sissoko seems to be getting more desperate by the day as the transfer window moves ever closer to shutting down. In his latest plea, the Newcastle midfielder has again spoken about his dream move to Real Madrid and emphasized on his belief he will get a call from ‘Zizou’ himself. He reiterated his desire to leave Newcastle and move to a bigger club and having watched the likes of Wijnaldum and Townsend leave, is seemingly stuck in limbo at the Tyneside club.

”I spent three and a half years here. I gave everything for this club and I want to play some big games. For that I need to go somewhere else. I want to play in the Premier League, I want to play for a big club who can get into the Champions League. That’s why I said I want to leave this year.” “I’ve spent a lot of time here and now it’s time to look forward. The fans need to understand my situation, I hope they will and that everything will be OK.” “I hope Real will come for me, I’m still waiting.”

While it is hard to believe the player has given his ‘all’ for the club, we can somewhat understand his frustration, more so after Newcastle lost their first match in the Championship against Fulham (although he didn’t play). While he has been rightly accused of inconsistency, his potential was for all to see in the Euros and his ability to compete with the best. Although Real Madrid might be the Frenchman’s fantasy we look nearer to home for three realistic destinations for him.

LEICESTER CITY

Ranieri has stated that Mendy was brought before they had been approached for N’Golo Kante and he was not a replacement for the midfield powerhouse. Since then, Chelsea have swooped in to lure Kante away and Leicester could target the wantaway Frenchman to add to their midfield. The added pressure of Champions League will require immense squad depth and more steel and energy in the midfield and Sissoko is capable of providing all that. He can impose himself higher up the pitch as well and Leicester would love to call upon his services during the course of the season.

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STOKE CITY

Though the Potters seem fairly settled as of now and might look to add to their striking options only, Sissoko would offer an exciting option to them. The box-to-box midfielder can also play on the wings and his incessant running and pressing would add an extra dimension to their team. Stoke might be lacking in depth in certain quarters and the blueprint Hughes has drawn for the club’s success could do with an x-factor in it.

EVERTON

Ronald Koeman has reshaped his defence after the sale of John Stones and even after that he has a fair amount in his transfer kitty. Everton have made their intentions clear and have been ambitious this summer. Sissoko would be an ideal powerhouse in midfield for the new look side. He can form a good partnership with similar styled Ross Barkley and take a bit of pressure off the England international.

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