With France returning defeated from the World Cup, it would appear that every Newcastle United fans’ worst fears are set to be realised amid reports suggesting there could be a mass exodus of Les Bleus stars from St James’ Park.
And while the news that Mathieu Debuchy looks to be heading-up the list of players departing the club is hardly a surprise, the developments surrounding Moussa Sissoko are proving tough to take.
Reports from L’Equipe over the weekend suggested that the 24-year-old is wanted by both Liverpool and Monaco and, should they meet Newcastle’s valuation, the reality is that the club would most likely be open to negotiating a deal to sell Sissoko.
The Frenchman would most likely favour a move to the Reds and the chance to stay in the Premier League but with Monaco able to offer massive wages, he faces a tough choice.
Yet when it comes to Newcastle United recruiting a potential replacement for Sissoko, it’s something of a no-brainer to point to Lewis Holtby.
Earlier this month the 23-year-old reiterated his desire to stay with Spurs but amid rumours linking the former Schalke star with a move to newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers, Alan Pardew would be wise to offer Holtby a clean break from London life with Newcastle.
Capable of adapting the role played by Sissoko, Holtby will be all-too-aware that he needs to play more games in the Premier League if he is to make any kind of impact for Germany at international level.
A loan spell with Fulham failed to convince Joachim Loew he was worthy of being part of Die Mannschaft’s squad for the finals but a spell in the Newcastle first team could work wonders.
The likes of Jonas Gutierrez, Yohan Cabaye and Sissoko himself have all benefitted from playing for a team with European ambitions while it is high-time Holtby moved to a club where his obvious ability would be appreciated week-in, week-out.
Available for around £8 million, with Pochettino keen to rebuild a squad that failed to challenge for Champions League qualification, Newcastle must now decide whether to launch a bid.