Pardew fears another Newcastle battle to keep key player

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew fears he has yet another fight on his hands to keep a key midfielder at the club – this time Moussa Sissoko, the Daily Mail has claimed.

Sissoko has been in super form for his manager and was at the heart of the club’s six game winning streak that catapulted them to the upper reaches of the Premier League table.

The 25-year-old returns from suspension at the weekend and will no doubt slot back into the side – but for how much longer?

Arsenal are reportedly interested in the Frenchman as Arsene Wenger searches for reinforcements and Jose Mourinho is a known admirer – although any interest is far from concrete.

However this is still news Pardew does not welcome and he fears he is facing a huge battle to keep another star at the club, having lost his fight to keep Yohan Cabaye at St James’ Park last season.

He said: “We have not had contact from anybody else or heard from anybody else, but I take the point (he could be a target for others).

“He is playing for a club where big clubs have come before and taken players away. I understand that so therefore, I guess, he is a player they will be looking at.

“That’s all I can say because he has been terrific for us.”

Since arriving from Toulouse in a £1.5m deal in January last year Sissoko has played 72 times for Newcastle, scoring eight goals.

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