Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says the club have had no offers for midfielder Moussa Sissoko, but recognises that he could be a target for other clubs in the January transfer window.
The 25-year-old has made 13 Premier League appearances so far this season, scoring once and creating 16 chances for his teammates, as he’s helped his side reach ninth place in the table.
Newcastle lost key players like Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain last January and Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal in the summer, prompting Pardew to concede that Sissoko could potentially be the next player he receives bids for.
“We have not had contact from anybody else or heard from anybody else, but I take the point,” Pardew admitted.
“He is playing for a club where big clubs have come before and taken players away. I understand that so therefore, I guess, he is a player they will be looking at.
“That’s all I can say because he has been terrific for us.”
Pardew continued to praise Sissoko for his development since joining the club in 2013, saying that he is more knowledgable about his requirements in the Premier League and is technically better than he was when he arrived from Toulouse.
“He is only a young player, 25, and he has already got 27 national caps for France. This is a guy who could win 50, 60 or 70 caps for France,” continued Pardew.
“He is a powerful player and he is better player now than he was back then [when he signed.]
“Don’t get me wrong, he had a great day then [on his debut] but he is better now and that is because he has more experience and a better knowledge of the Premier League.
“He has technically improved, without a doubt.”