Newcastle United transfer report: Magpies yet to receive any formal bids for star duo Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum
Newcastle have had no contact from other clubs over big names Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum, amid speculation the duo could be close to leaving the Magpies.
Sissoko has been linked with Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund and Wijnaldum with Tottenham in recent days, with potential suitors hoping to cash in on the club’s relegation from the Premier League.
However, it is understood Newcastle, who have slapped a £35million price-tag on France international Sissoko, have not received a single formal enquiry about either player.
Sissoko, in particular, has made no secret of his desire to leave St James’ Park this summer and his representatives have been busy in recent weeks.
His chances of being snapped up were boosted by the 26-year-old’s performances for his country at Euro 2016, where he ended up with a runners-up medal.
But, after seeing owner Mike Ashley invest over £80million in the squad last season – £14.5million of it on 25-year-old Dutchman Wijnaldum – Newcastle have no financial need to sell and are determined to do business only on their own terms.
Manager Rafael Benitez has made it clear that he wants to keep both players as he plots a swift return to the top flight, and the club’s valuation of Sissoko, which prompted an astonished response from his camp, is in part intended to deter time-wasters from tabling bids they would not even consider.