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The Departures Lounge: French revolution continues at 'Le Chateau Nouveau'

This is starting to get ridiculous.

Three of Newcastle’s new recruits. Credit: Instagram

NEWCASTLE UNITED’S FONDNESS of French players shows no signs of letting up.

Having just added Massadio Haidara, Yoan Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa t0 bring the number at the club to 10, Alan Pardew looks set to sign Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

The Ligue 1 outfit have released a statement confirming his exit so it is only a matter of time before he is announced as a Magpie.

Moussa Sissoko is on the verge of joining the Magpies. Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Going ?

Alex Ferguson also wants to find himself a bargain from the same market and bringing in St-Etienne teenager Kurt Zouma has reportedly become a priority for Manchester United. The defender has been watched by United scouts but their city rivals are also monitoring the situation so they could face a battle to sign the French U19 international.

Spurs, meanwhile, have joined a long line of clubs hoping to entice Mohamed Diame away from West Ham, who has a £3.5m buyout clause.


Swansea captain Ashley Williams has become the subject of interest from Liverpool, say the Daily Mirror. That would mean Brendan Rodgers returning to his old club to snap up a second player from the Welsh outfit after brining in Joe Allen during the summer.

One player who won’t be moving this month if his manager is to be believed is Mario Balotelli. Roberto Mancini has steadfastly refuted claims that he could join AC Milan, adding that Manchester City haven’t received any offers for the 22-year-old.


Wilfried Zaha sealed his move to Manchester United today. After an agreement was reached with Crystal Palace, the winger attended his medical – in what looks like a t-shirt with Imogen Thomas on it. Surely he wouldn’t be that cheeky… would he?

Either way, best not mention it to Ryan Giggs.

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