Report: Palace want Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko; fee proving stumbling block

Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko in action with Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen

Crystal Palace have been linked with Moussa Sissoko.

Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko in action with Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen

According to the Mirror, Crystal Palace want to sign Newcastle United’s Moussa Sissoko but are not willing to pay the extraordinary £35 million asking price the Tyneside club are seeking.

The Eagles have already shared transfer dealings with Newcastle this summer, bringing in winger Andros Townsend while forward Dwight Gayle has moved in the opposite direction in a separate deal.

Palace boss Alan Pardew is still seeking further additions as he looks to establish the club in the Premier League’s top half next season and Sissoko appears to be high on his list.

Crystal Palace's Damien Delaney and Wayne Hennessey in action with Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko

The France international is widely considered far too good for the Championship, and as such he seemingly has no plans on staying there as he looks to return to the top flight this summer.

Newcastle will naturally want to keep hold of a player they deem one of their best and their reported £35 million asking price reflects their intentions of scaring off potential suitors.

France's Moussa Sissoko in action against Iceland

Palace have money to spend this summer, yet the report states how they deem the figure far to excessive for a player Pardew bought for as little as £1.5 million a few years ago.

The likes of Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Chelsea are also credited with an interest in the report, but as yet nobody seems willing to make an offer which might tempt the Magpies to sell.

Sissoko, 26, has made over 100 appearances in the Premier League and has been capped by France 44 times.

France's Moussa Sissoko and referee Mark Clattenburg

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