Saturday, 8th October, 2011

Sochaux are expecting a new offer from Newcastle United for Modibo Maiga to land before the January transfer window opens.

The Ligue 1 club look to be edging towards making the Mali international available for the right price after adopting a stubborn approach over the summer, refusing to deal with Newcastle despite the player’s clear desire to move to St. James’ Park.

Troubles have continued with Maiga, who has missed training and been excluded from a travelling Europa League party, but has since returned to the first team in goalscoring form.

The 24-year-old would still love to move to the English Premier League though and this is a fact of which Sochaux are well aware. So much so that the French side are working on a potential replacement, as club transfer supremo Bernard Genghini concedes.

"We’re working on it", said Genghini when asked about whether a replacement for Maiga could arrive in January.

"We follow so people, so yes."

It is thought that an offer of €9M will be forthcoming from Newcastle well before the winter window opens – but Sochaux would like more money for their exciting forward.

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