Magpies cool on Cissokho

Newcastle back off from deal

Aly Cissokho: No deal with Newcastle

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Sky Sports understands Newcastle United are not set to conclude a deal for Aly Cissokho.

Lyon confirmed this week that they would be willing to listen to offers for the France international full-back.

Arsenal and Newcastle have both been credited with strong interest in the 24-year-old.

Sky Sports now understands that although the Magpies did have an interest in the player, they have now opted against a deal.

Defender

St James' Park sources also confirmed that talk of a medical were wide of the mark.

The Magpies are understood to be looking for a new defender and they are believed to be keeping tabs on Cesena defender Yohan Benalouane.

The 24-year-old Frenchman is believed to have been scouted last week during their Coppa Italia clash at Napoli.

The Tunisian-born stopper was linked with Rangers and Celtic last year, but is now reportedly on Alan Pardew's radar.