Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Moussa Sissoko after hijacking Everton’s bid in the 11th hour.
Everton had agreed a fee of £30m for the Newcastle United midfielder before Spurs matched the bid with just an hour to spare of the transfer window. It is believed the offer of Champions League football was enough to lure Sissoko to White Hart Lane.
Tottenham complete Moussa Sissoko signing in 11th hour
Very happy to join @SpursOfficial for the next 5 years ! pic.twitter.com/2KLe0Hmd4V
— Moussa Sissoko (@MoussaSissoko) August 31, 2016
Sissoko, who has spent four years at St James Park, has been allowed to leave the club after their relegation from the Premier League last term. Despite struggling for form under Steve McLaren and Rafa Benitez, Sissoko did earn a place in France’s Euro 2016 squad.
Making six appearances, and four starts, the midfielder put in a string of good performances interesting the likes of Chelsea.
Everton were unfortunate to miss out on the Frenchman having arranged a medical after their bid was accepted. But Sissoko was said to always prefer a move to London, and the decision was an easy one once Spurs had agreed a fee.
Having signed for £1.5m, the Magpies have made a sound profit on the man they brought in from Toulouse.
During his playing days in France, Sissoko played over 200 times for the Ligue 1 outfit. In 2013, he made the switch to the Premier League and quickly became recognised for his explosiveness and direct running.
He became a first-team regular at St James Park, but was criticised by supporters for his inconsistent displays. Now, after a summer of uncertainty, he will join up with Mauricio Pochetino at White Hart Lane.
Sissoko will provide competition for Eric Dier, Moussa Dembele and Victor Wanyama in the Tottenham squad.
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