Football gossip - United's back-up plan if Pogba bid fails

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Mourinho's back up plan
Mourinho's back up plan

If Manchester United don't manage to land top target Paul Pogba, they have a back-up lined up, according to reports in France.

French site le10sport have reported that Pogba's international team-mate Moussa Sissoko is being targeted by Jose Mourinho if they fail to entice the player from Juventus.

Sissoko, who played for relegated Newcastle last season, was one of the the French players who played well in their Euro 2016 final defeat to Portugal and while the Magpies will surely wish to keep hold of him, a price of £35m has been touted as enough to see them let their captain leave.

This would be significantly less than the £100m it will cost to prise Pogba from Juventus.

And if Pogba does leave the Italian club it is reported they themselves may make a move for Sissoko to fill the gap left by the rampaging midfielder.

Sissoko scored just one goal for Newcastle last term but Rafa Benitez will be desperate to have a player of such obvious quality in the Championship as he tries to get his side back to the Premier League.

Aside from United and Juventus, ESPN are reporting that Hamburg, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool are also possibly in the hunt for the 26-year old.