Newcastle United transfer news: Steve McClaren wants to 'build team around' Moussa Sissoko, hopes Fabricio Coloccini will stay

Toon boss is optimistic ahead of the new Premier League season

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Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has revealed that he has informed managing director Lee Charnley they must keep Moussa Sissoko while he would also like Fabricio Coloccini to stay.

The 54-year-old former Derby County manager was speaking on a phone-in organised by BBC Radio Newcastle as supporters got a chance to quiz the new head coach on a range of issues.

Coloccini, 33, has long been linked with a reunion with former Toon boss Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace while Sissoko has reportedly attracted the interest of Liverpool and Manchester City.

"We cannot lose Moussa, I know there's a lot of interest but he's under contract," said McClaren.

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Moussa Sissoko

"On my first day he walked into my office, a specimen of a man. An absolute presence and a great manner. Very professional and low maintenance.

"I've said to Lee Charnley, 'wow, we've got to keep this guy'. I want to build a team around him."

Sissoko, the 25-year-old who joined the Magpies from Toulouse in 2013, signing a six-and-a-half year deal, scored for the North East club as they preserved their Premier League status with a final day victory over West Ham in May.

 

Meanwhile, McClaren says it would be unwise to change the captain at St James' Park and wants to keep Coloccini.

"He wants to stay here so I am delighted," the former England manager continued. "Do I need to change the captain? Why do I need to unsettle everything - he carries on."

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