The 26-year-old came under criticism last season as the Magpies suffered relegation to the Championship, despite providing seven assists in 38 Premier League outings.
But the France international’s formidable displays at Euro 2016, most notably a captivating performance in the final against Portugal, has seen a number of major clubs linked with his services in recent weeks.
Indeed, The Times recently reported on interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur and France Football have mooted all three clubs as potential suitors once again – alongside Borussia Dortmund, Hamburg, Juventus and Napoli.
And in an exclusive interview with the French publication, Sissoko has confirmed that he’s targeting a summer move back to the Premier League – although he’s also not against a new challenge abroad.
As quoted and translated by Sky Sports, amongst other sources, he said; “My priority is to stay in England even if I’m not against going to search for a new challenge elsewhere. I particularly want to play with big players and in top-level matches.”
Sissoko went on to rate his performances at Euro 2016, stating; “I would give me ten out of ten. I do not feel superior to others, but from the time I gave everything, I will not assign me another note.”