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Sissoko and Ben Basat: A Little Deeper

With the transfer market finally shut once again, we take a look at who we believe will show to be the 2 of the best signings of last month in French football.

1. Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse to Newcastle) €2.5m

When the player decided not to extend his contract with Toulouse, many European clubs were immediately put on alert. Although at one point it seemed that Marseille had nabbed the athletic midfielder, it was Newcastle United of the Premier League who got their man in the end.

Sissoko is a ‘box-to-box’ midfielder to put it in technical terms. The player is probably most admired in France for his prowess and awareness of the game. His footballing brain is what has, especially last season, been the driving force of his now former club Toulouse. He has already demonstrated his awareness on the pitch for his new club after finely assisting Papiss Cisse’s goal as Newcastle beat Aston Villa 2-1 midweek.

Sissoko then put in a man of the match performance, in which he scored two goals (including a last minute winner), against Chelsea in his sides 3-2 win. This showed just how quickly he was molding to Premier League life.

The reason Newcastle got him cheap was because his old contract would have expired this June. Make no mistake, Sissoko is a quality player who we expect can play an integral role in the French national team for years to come. Newcastle have certainly made one of the best signings of the window here.

2. Eden Ben Basat (Brest to Toulouse) Undisclosed (believed to be around €2m)

Deadline day proved to be a busy one for all Casanova’s side, who had to quickly respond to losing (arguably) their best forward to Monaco in Emmanuel Riviere. Ben Basat is a very skilful centre forward with a very good eye for goal; he was certainly Brest’s talisman before his departure.

Unfortunately, there have been times this season when the player has been touted as a bit of a ‘primadonna’. In his last few games with Brest, he seemed disillusioned and stroppy to put it bluntly. Yet there is no arguing that Toulouse have secured a very talented forward at a bargain price. The player will give Toulouse’s attacking a cutting edge; something they have lacked all season up front.

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