In arguably the most entertaining transfer deadline day of recent years, Moussa Sissoko’s move to Tottenham headlined as one of the most dramatic moves.
With just minutes left on the clock, the Frenchman was involved in a financial tug of war between Everton and Spurs for his signature. However, it proved the latter that ensured he escaped his Newcastle nightmare.
They weren’t the only clubs fighting for the 27-year-old’s services though. It has emerged that, via the medium of Olivier Giroud, Arsenal were also in the hunt for the £30 million man.
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Ever since Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship, Sissoko has been itching for a move away from the club. Moreover, it’s fair to say the Frenchman was very public with such feelings.
Despite his enthusiasm to leave St. James' Park though, the 27-year-old was a matter of hours away from being forced to remain in the northeast.
With the transfer fee proving a stumbling block and Everton’s attempted hijack, it wouldn’t have been a surprise if the deals on the table fell through.
Nevertheless, Sissoko did in fact secure his escape with Tottenham proving his new suitors having eventually been forced to spend £30 million. It appears the last minute madness saw Spurs a little less conservative with their currency.
The deal wasn’t completed without Tottenham’s north London neighbours tinkering however.
Compatriot Giroud is believed to have spoken to the player, who had a superb Euro 2016, and pitched the prospect of a move to the Emirates.
According to Le 10 Sport, the Arsenal striker stated: “I had told him to favour Arsenal. They’ll (Spurs) be rivals for the title this year. I hope he won’t be on form against us.”
"It was quite an interesting outcome. Until the end he didn't know what he would do, so it's good for him.
"It was quite a long month for him, so it's good that there has been a conclusion, even though it happened at the last moment.
"It's super for him, Tottenham are a great team in our championship. Of course, after his good Euros we wanted him to join a club in the top flight again, and what's more the Premier League", the Arsenal striker continued.
Evidentially Giroud’s attempts were in vein and from a Gunners’ perspective, Sissoko couldn’t have a joined a less favourable side. Nonetheless, it wasn’t without effort whether the club itself was interested or not.
Above all though, it shows that the 27-year-old is a man in demand and Tottenham should be extremely satisfied they prevailed. From the player’s perspective, he’s evaded Burton Albion away and scooped Champions League football.
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