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Newcastle target Moussa Sissoko banned by Toulouse over transfer row
Sissoko determined to fire Newcastle up the table

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Sissoko determined to fire Newcastle up the table
Newcastle United target Moussa Sissoko has been banned by Toulouse due to an ongoing row over the player's long-term future.

The midfielder will miss the club's Coupe de France tie against PSG after club chairman Olivier Sadran punished the 23-year-old, whose contract is set to expire in the summer.

The Magpies are thought to be leading the race for his signature ahead of a host of other Premier League clubs - with a pre-contract agreement reportedly close to being in place.

Toulouse coach Alain Casanova has backed his chairman's decision, although he conceded his absence will be a loss to the side.

"The whole club shows full solidarity to that chairman's decision," he told L'Equipe. "It is really a shame a player educated at the club could leave as free agent. His absence is big loss for the team, but that decision is logical."

Sissoko has been a regular in the Toulouse side in recent seasons, and has made five appearances for France.

Newcastle has tied up deals for Massadio Haidara and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in recent days, and is set to seal a move for Yoann Gouffran soon after the player revealed on Twitter that he would be joining the Premier League side.

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