Maiga wants Newcastle move

Newcastle target Modibo Maiga has admitted that he wants to move to a bigger side, and has called the Premier League outfit ‘a very good club’.

The Malian striker was the subject of a number of bids from Alan Pardew’s men during the summer, but Sochaux refused to sell their prize asset.

The African forward’s public admittance that he wants to leave the Ligue 1 side has angered the Stade Auguste Bonal fans, but Maiga has scored six goals in his last four games despite being booed by his own supporters.

When asked about a move to Tyneside, the attacker confirmed that he would be keen.

“Newcastle? They are a very good club, I will not finish my career in Sochaux if I am scoring every week – that is the reality of football. I have not invented that,” he told Sky Sports.

“At the moment I am here and scoring goals. I do not know when the transfer window opens what there will be. It depends also on the club, but in the near future I want to ply my trade in another top league. It is a genuine ambition, I will accept being booed for that.”

The Magpies fans were disappointed by the club’s failure to secure a new striker before the summer transfer window closed, and reports from the North East indicate that Pardew will do all he can to add to his options in January.

Despite this, Newcastle have started the campaign excellently, and are still unbeaten after seven games.

By Gareth McKnight