Tottenham’s £30m deadline day capture Moussa Sissoko has revealed that he has held discussions over a potential move to Everton in the past, but moved to Spurs as the Toffees didn’t make an offer when it suited him.
The former Newcastle powerhouse was also put off by the Merseyside club’s lack of Champions League football and claimed that they were non-committal when it came to paying the required transfer fee.
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Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: » It’s simple. I spoke with Everton in the past, but they didn’t make an offer to Newcastle when I wanted.
« Then Tottenham came. And so when they came, I wanted to join this club directly. Because, like I said, it’s a big club. So in my head, everything was clear. I wanted to sign here, that’s why I came here. »
Sissoko also credited Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino as a factor in his decision to join last season’s third placed side.
He added: « He told me he knows me, he knows how I play. So he wanted me to come here to show what I did at Newcastle, and to try to help the team to its objectives. That’s why I came here. We had a good chat together so I’m happy to work with him.
« I don’t have pressure. Newcastle asked for £30m, so Tottenham paid it. That is good for me, good for Newcastle and good for Tottenham. Because everyone is happy. That is the most important thing. »
Everton were reportedly disappointed that the French international looked to be changing his mind having been so close to joining Ronald Koeman’s side. This led to them withdrawing their interest, paving the way for Spurs to make the capture.
Sissoko made his debut for Tottenham in Wednesday’s 1-2 defeat at Wembley against Ligue 1 leaders Monaco. He wasn’t given much time to make an impact however, with Pochettino opting to wait until the 81st minute to introduce his new star in front of the 85,000 attending Spurs fans.