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Maiga anger at move collapse

December 19, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga claims he is fully fit and has said he is disappointed not to get his move to Newcastle after failing a medical.

Modibo Maiga Sochaux
PA PhotosMali international Modibo Maiga

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Maiga, 24, wants to leave the French club and join the Magpies, however fitness concerns have brought an end to talks, despite the player's agent, Karim Akili, insisting that he is fully fit.

"I am mentally fine, I wanted that move to Newcastle badly," he told Sky Sports. "However, it did not happen as they said my knee has a problem - but I feel better than anything."

Maiga used the example of Demba Ba, who went on to find success in England after failing a medical at Stoke City, to back up his point that he should be allowed to move.

He added: "There is a player at Newcastle now [Demba Ba], he was told at a Premier League medical that he had a knee problem, he then went to another and started scoring goals before his move to Newcastle.

"But I am strong in my head and up for it, I like Sochaux, but I am having a difficult time with the fans, they do not understand me. I love the Premier League and I want to play there, hopefully I will have another chance, my health is very good and my knees are strong."

Sochaux coach Mecha Bazdarevic said: "Is Modibo disturbed? He has been disturbed for two-and-half months and there is nothing new. The situation is very difficult for everyone. I have no choices in attack so far, but I hope to make some in the close future."

Meanwhile, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has ruled out making a bid for unsettled AC Milan defender Taye Taiwo.

Taiwo has managed just three games for the Rossoneri this term and has been linked with a loan move. However, when asked about the Nigerian, Pardew said: "There's no interest. I don't know anything more about that."

Pardew, though, did confirm that talks were continuing with captain Fabricio Coloccini over a new deal.

"It's bubbling along really," he said. "It's a contract we need to get right and quite rightly, everyone is holding fire on that to make sure it's right. There are obviously talks ongoing on that really."