Sochaux fans driving Maiga into Newcastle arms

Sochaux fans are driving Modibo Maiga into Newcastle United's arms. Maiga said yesterday he is determined to play in a "top league" and described them as a "good club."

Sochaux fans are driving Modibo Maiga into Newcastle United's arms.

Maiga said yesterday he is determined to play in a "top league" and described them as a "good club."

He is suffering at the hands of fans in France who know he wanted to join the Geordies and said: "I have had enough of being booed by supporters right now, but anyway it does not stop me scoring goals for the club and making them happy.

"I scored a double for them again (at the weekend). I had two chances on Saturday against Toulouse, two goals, just to thank them."

"Newcastle? They are a very good club, I will not finish my career in Sochaux if I am scoring every week - that is the reality of football. I have not invented that!

"At the moment I am here and scoring goals. I do not know when the transfer window opens what there will be. It depends also on the club, but in the near future I want to ply my trade in another top league. It is a genuine ambition, I will accept being booed for that!"

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