The future of Moussa Sissoko has been up in the air following a strong first half of the season for the Frenchman. He has arguably been Newcastle United's best player so far, and fans were dreading they would see one of their star players poached again by Paris Saint Germain.
The departure of Yohan Cabaye last year effectively ended their season, as The Magpies didn't replace him and their form dramatically dropped off. What has been even more frustrating for Newcastle is that the 28-year-old has only been used as a bit part player for PSG with half of his appearances this season coming from the bench.
Whilst appointing a new manager at St James' Park is the priority for now it is also essential they keep Sissoko at the club, and it looks to have swung their way following comments from PSG manager Laurent Blanc. In his press conference today, he ruled out a move for the midfielder stating "he doesn't have the profile we are looking for."
It seems as if The Magpies can breathe a sigh of relief for now as potential interest from PSG was the biggest obstacle to overcome. However there may still be interest from other clubs this month, with Arsenal another side to have been linked with him in the past. Having said that Arsene Wenger has said that the focus would be on defensive players if they are to bring anyone in this month.
Perhaps Newcastle wont have too many offers to fend off for the players this month after all. Instead they can concentrate on strengthening their squad as and when the new manager is appointed.