Maiga wants Newcastle move

Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga has admitted that he is unsure over his future at the Ligue 1 club, but that he dreams of playing for a team like Newcastle.

The Mali international has been linked with a move to Tyneside for some time, and Alan Pardew’s men failed in an attempt to sign the frontman over the summer.

However, with the Magpies excellent start to the Premier League season and the Northern club still looking a little light of options in attack, Maiga may once more become a target when the January transfer window opens.

“I do not know, we’ll see,” he told Footafrica365 when asked about Newcastle.

“Next what is clear is that all players dream of playing for a club like that and I hope it will happen, either this winter or in the summer.

“There are no more problems with Sochaux, everything is back to normal,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, managing director Derek Llambias may well have annoyed the club’s fans further, as he was allegedly recorded making derogatory comments about past players and managers.

The Toon Army are not happy at the decision to rename St James’ Park, and The Telegraph state that Llambias insulted club heroes Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan over the weekend, whilst unwittingly being recorded by a supporter.

Llambias is believed to have also criticised Chris Hughton and Andy Carroll; the club have declined to comment on the rumours.

By Gareth McKnight