Report: Real Madrid close in on shock move for Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko, Pulis had shown interest

France's Moussa Sissoko in action with Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson

Real Madrid are reportedly ready to make their move for Moussa Sissoko.

Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko looks dejected after missing a chance to scoreNewcastle's Moussa Sissoko looks dejected after missing a chance to score

According to The Telegraph, Real Madrid are closing in on Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko, which would be a huge shock given his performances last season.

Sissoko, 26, has blown hot and cold ever since joining Newcastle from Toulouse in January 2013, scoring 12 goals in 133 games for the Magpies but also turning in some anonymous performances.

Last season, it was more cold than hot for Sissoko as he went missing for much of the campaign, with Newcastle suffering relegation to the Championship.

France's Moussa Sissoko in action with Iceland's Gylfi SigurdssonFrance's Moussa Sissoko in action with Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson

Since then, Sissoko has hit the headlines with some superb performances for France at this summer's European Championships, particularly starring in the final against Portugal.

Despite a number of examples over the years suggesting that teams shouldn't sign players based on their displays at international tournaments, Sissoko now looks set to earn a big move away from St. James' Park - and remarkably, his destination could be Real Madrid.

France's Moussa Sissoko and referee Mark ClattenburgFrance's Moussa Sissoko and referee Mark Clattenburg

The Telegraph report that, once Manchester United confirm their move for Paul Pogba, Real Madrid will attempt to complete a deal for Sissoko, and are believed to be closing on his signature already.

It's claimed that Real believe Sissoko will pen a three-year deal at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Newcastle receiving a stunning £30m for a player who received plenty of criticism last season.

France's Moussa Sissoko in action with Switzerland's Admir MehmediFrance's Moussa Sissoko in action with Switzerland's Admir Mehmedi

The report adds that West Bromwich Albion and manager Tony Pulis had shown an interest in Sissoko before Euro 2016, but his performances for France have triggered the interest from Real Madrid, as well as Borussia Dortmund, Everton and Juventus.

Now though, Sissoko looks to be closing in on a move to Madrid, with Magpies boss Rafael Benitez reportedly aware that the interest from his former club is very real, and a deal could be struck imminently.

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