By Will Butcher
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has left France international Moussa Sissoko out of his squad to face Championship high-flyers Brighton.
The 27-year-old wants to leave but is running out of time to find a new club, with just five days remaining before the window shuts on Wednesday at 11pm.
Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie revealed via his Twitter account that the former Toulouse man would not be included in the squad despite injuries to three senior attackers.
Exciting winger Rolando Aarons was ruled out for eight weeks after fracturing his metatarsal against League Two minnows Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night in the EFL Cup.
Attacking duo Aleksander Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez suffered concussions in the same game and will also miss out.
The Chronicle claim Newcastle have slapped a huge £35million price tag on Sissoko in the wake of his display in the Euro 2016 final, and he has attracted interest from big clubs across Europe.
Italian giants Inter Milan, Champions League winner Real Madrid and Premier League trio Liverpool, Everton and Crystal Palace are all said to have considered bids for the versatile attacker.
Sissoko has made it clear that he wants to leave Newcastle following their relegation from the Premier League and has played no part in the team’s opening five matches of the season.
The Magpies are looking to clock up four straight wins after Tuesday’s triumph, with wins also coming against Bristol City and Reading.
In other Newcastle news, this midfielder is over talks to move with Benitez’s side.