Is The New No 9 Ready For Newcastle?
The Toon number nine shirt is still available after Alan Pardew handed out the squad numbers last week. Will Mali forward Modibo Maiga get to wear it? Maiga has urged his clib (Sochaux) to allow him to join Newcastle. The Magpies have made a bid for the 23-year-old , which is understood to be in the region of eight million euros (£7million). Maiga: "Yes there has been an offer from Newcastle, but before the offer I have not been offered anything, but now I would like the chairman to consider my interest. I want to leave. "I met everyone at Newcastle. They want me and it is not just any club. Premier League is a dream. "That is the kind of game I like, it suits me and it is good for my career. I want to leave, he has to accept that and negotiate. "I told the coach I would play and respect my contract, but the chairman has to talk about my transfer first. I don't want to annoy Sochaux, but I want it to be sorted out with Newcastle. "Offers have now come for me and the chairman refused to talk. "I had a meeting with him and I could not accept his position, it is just like a big slap in the face. "It was the very first time I asked for something and I believe it is lack of respect. Why refusing to talk? It is selfish, I can't understand. "You can't refuse such an offer. The sums are huge, both for me and for the club. Sochaux will not lose." Maiga, who can play out wide or up front, only joined Sochaux last year when he moved from Le Mans.
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