Newcastle United could find Sissoko replacement in £8m Tottenham exile

Lewis Holtby

With Moussa Sissoko rumoured to be on his way out of St James’ Park, Newcastle United could do far worse than to look to Spurs midfielder Lewis Holtby.

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.

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