By North-east correspondent Harry Sykes
Newcastle are keen to offload Moussa Sissoko this summer irrespective of whether they get relegated, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that the North-east club have lost patience with the France international in the wake of a wretched season that has precisely mirrored that of the team.
The attacking midfielder has started 31 of Newcastle’s 32 league matches but has not scored a single goal, although he has supplied five assists.
It is a poor return for a player with 35 caps for France and Sissoko’s form is said to be a growing concern for the club.
Newcastle are ready to listen to offers for the £55,000-a-week international, who has three years remaining on his contract and will be regarded as one of the club’s major assets in the transfer market.
The futures of a considerable number of players in Rafael Benitez’s team are under threat, with a major turnover of personnel expected if they fail in their bid to escape relegation.
Newcastle host Swansea at St James’ Park on Saturday in what has become a virtual must-win match for the home side.
The Magpies are rooted in 19th in the Championship table and are six points adrift of Norwich in 17th with just six matches of the campaign remaining.
In other Newcastle news, the club have lost patience with a 30-year-old defender and will also look to offload him.