Liverpool set to pip Newcastle to cut-price £6m deal

Liverpool have become favourites to sign Lyon left back Aly Cissokho in January after it was claimed Anfield would be his preferred destination as the French club attempt to balance their books according to the Mirror.

Cissokho; who is also a January target for Alan Pardew at Newcastle; can play on the left side of the defence or midfield, a versatility becoming a key attribute that has attracted clubs around Europe.

Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has spoken about the player this week, stating that they will look for ‘some solutions’ to be found for the winger; who failed a medical at Milan in 2009 because of a problem with his teeth.

With the French giants struggling to compete with rivals PSG both on and off the field in Ligue 1 this season, after the capital side sourced investment in the summer,  Lyon are looking to cut their debts in order to attract investment of their own.

This then, could be a perfect opportunity for Liverpool to drive a hard bargain when negotiating for Cissokho, who could leave for just £6million, less than half of what Lyon paid for him in 2009. Newcastle are also keen on the winger and currently sit above the Reds in the Premier League, possibly attracting the French international to the North East.

However, Liverpool’s director of football Damien Comolli has good links in France and will be at the forefront of any deal that could add more strength in depth to the Merseyside club as they attempt to break into the European places.

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