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Report: Euro giants line up move that would break Newcastle transfer record

By Harvey Byrne

Borussia Dortmund have stepped up their pursuit of Newcastle attacking midfielder Moussa Sissoko, according to a report.

French publication L’Equipe claim that the German giants are eyeing a move for the France international after he delivered a string of fine performances at Euro 2016 this summer.

However, Sissoko, who still has three years left on his contract, has had a staggering £35million price tag placed on him.

Dortmund are reportedly in the market for an attacking midfielder and on Friday it was reported that the club were looking to bring Mario Gotze back from Bayern Munich.

Premier League giants Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked with Sissoko, but it is said there are no concrete offers on the table for the ex-Toulouse man.

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Were Newcastle to receive £35million for the France international it would equal a club record transfer fee in terms of cash received, with Andy Carroll sold for the same figure in 2011 to Liverpool.

The attacking midfielder was a mainstay of the team last season and was named captain by Rafael Benitez for the final matches of the campaign.

However, he scored just one goal from 39 appearances and 3,402 minutes of action, a poor return for a player with 35 caps for France and one who plays so high up the pitch.

In other Newcastle transfer news, AC Milan have reportedly agreed terms with Newcastle target Alvaro Arbeloa.