Newcastle: No enquiries for Sissoko or Wijnaldum

Matt Stead

Newcastle are adamant they have had no contact from other clubs over big names Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum amid speculation the duo could be close to leaving the Magpies.

Sissoko has been linked with Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund and Wijnaldum with Tottenham in recent days with potential suitors hoping to cash in on the club’s relegation to the Sky Bet Championship.

However, Press Association Sport understands Newcastle, who slapped a £35million price-tag on France international Sissoko earlier this week, have not received a single formal enquiry about either man.

Sissoko in particular has made no secret of his desire to leave St James’ Park this summer and his representatives have been busy in recent weeks, boosted by the 26-year-old’s performances for his country at Euro 2016, where he ended up with a runners-up medal.

But Newcastle, who saw owner Mike Ashley invest in excess of £80million – £14.5million of it on 25-year-old former PSV Eindhoven skipper Wijnaldum – in the squad last season, have no financial need to sell and are determined to do business only on their own terms.

Their valuation of Sissoko, which prompted an astonished response from his camp, is in part intended to deter time-wasters from tabling bids they would not even consider, although manager Rafael Benitez has made it clear that he wants to keep both players as he plots a swift return to the Barclays Premier League.