Maiga bent on Newcastle move
Modibo Maiga has reiterated that he wants to leave Sochaux for Newcastle before the end of the summer transfer window.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 17/08/11 11:58am
Modibo Maiga has reiterated that he wants to leave Sochaux for Newcastle United before the end of the summer transfer window.
The Mali international striker did not turn up for his side's Ligue 1 clash with Caen on Saturday and also refused to train on Sunday as he is frustrated that the French club are not willing to let him go.
Maiga has now said that he will not play in Sochaux's encounter against Metalist Kharkiv in the first leg of their Europa League play-off tie on Thursday.
"I am sorry for the fans, my team-mates and the staff, but I am not in the best conditions to play," said the 23-year-old in L'Equipe. "It is better for the team to get focused well that I don't play.
"About Newcastle, it is very clear: they want me and I want to go there.
"They want the transfer to be sorted out quickly, but it is not up to me. The worry is Sochaux."
Newcastle are reportedly willing to pay Sochaux a transfer fee of €8million (£7million) and are also said to have offered Maiga a five-year contract.