Thursday, November 01, 2012

What's the French for "deja vu"?

Could Dreamboat be at it again, whispering seductively about the delights of Tyneside into the ears of his international teammate? Yes, apparently he can, according to a source close to Moussa Sissoko, who has claimed Dreamboat gave his colleague in the French midfield a "glowing report" of life at St James' Park.

We've been here before, of course, with the Mathieu Debuchy saga. Dreamboat's former Lille teammate expressed a desire to leave over the summer, presumably to follow his friend to the Premier League, but was obstructed by his club's president and the move never transpired. Hardly Dreamboat's fault, that, but he did seem to go into a bit of a sulk afterwards.

Naturally, the decision on whether or not to pursue a deal rests firmly with the powers that be (all Dreamboat can be expected to do is the hard sell), and the club has denied having made any contact with Toulouse man Sissoko. Nevertheless, it wouldn't be the first time that a flat denial from the club has proven somewhat duplicitous, given the circumstances under which Romain Amalfitano was recruited.

Then there's the question of whether we actually need Sissoko. Central midfield doesn't appear to be our weakest point at present - although our only genuinely box-to-box player is Dreamboat, we're flush with defensive players in the form of Mr T, Master T, Anita and Perchinho. Perhaps, though, thoughts are turning towards trying to sell Mr T in January (certainly the Silver Fox has been somewhat exasperated with him of late) and a full French international on a cut-price deal isn't to be sniffed at, regardless of the position he plays in.

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