French press: Liverpool favourites to sign Moussa Sissoko, face competition from rivals

Liverpool are reportedly leading the race to sign Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

According to French newspaper L'Equipe, Liverpool are leading the race to sign Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko - but face competition from Premier League rivals.

Sissoko, 25, joined Newcastle from Toulouse back in January 2013, and has established himself as a key player on Tyneside, scoring 11 goals in 94 games for the club.

Yet, with Newcastle only narrowly avoiding relegation to the Championship on the final day of the season, Sissoko may want to test himself with a team with higher aspirations than Newcastle, especially with France's Euro 2016 campaign on the horizon.

Now, L'Equipe report that Liverpool are currently leading the race to sign Sissoko this summer, but face competition from Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United.

Sissoko is likely to be an expensive target should any team look to sign him this summer, but new manager Steve McClaren may want to raise some funds to bring in his own players, making a deal somewhat plausible before the Premier League season.

Would Sissoko fit in at Liverpool?

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had to replace outgoing captain Steven Gerrard this summer, and brought in Manchester City's James Milner on a free transfer.

A move for another midfielder could be an option though, especially if Brazilian Lucas Leiva leaves the club this summer - but is Sissoko a good fit?

The French international is primarily a box-to-box player, but so are Henderson and Milner. Sissoko would provide more athleticism but it would be better for the Reds to bring in a more defensive-minded midfielder, or put their faith in Emre Can next season.

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