Paul Merson rips into Moussa Sissoko over new Spurs signings' treatment of Everton

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The 2016 transfer deadline day is in the books and, after surprise moves for the likes of Jack Wilshere and David Luiz, it was Moussa Sissoko who became the last big name player to switch clubs on Wednesday night.

The French midfielder's £30 million transfer to Tottenham was confirmed just before the 11pm deadline and came after it had looked certain he would be joining Everton earlier in the evening.


His u-turn on a switch to Goodison Park - and apparent refusal to pick up calls from Everton boss Ronald Koeman - reportedly left Everton staff furious as they watched him sign for a Premier League rival. Now Arsenal legend Paul Merson has hit out at the way the new Tottenham star handled his deadline day move.


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Merson, speaking in his role as Sky Sports pundit, didn't hold back when discussing both Sissoko's qualities as a footballer and his actions as a man.

"I watched him at Newcastle last year, he stayed out on the wing and didn't do anything," the Arsenal icon explained, via the Express.

"When you're that good you've got to be able to do something out of the ordinary to get your team out of it as that's what top players do. I wouldn't have been putting my £30m on him.

"He was playing in front of 50,000 Geordies, if you can't get up for that, when are you ever going to get up for playing a football match."


It was Sissoko's perceived disrespect to the Everton manager, though, that really annoyed Merson.

"It's unreal he can't even answer Ronald Koeman's call. What's the game coming to?

"This man is a legend for what he's done in football and he can't even pick the phone up and say 'I don't really want to sign for you, sorry!'"

Spurs fans likely won't care about the circumstances behind Sissoko's move so long as he lives up to his big price tag.

It might take Everton some time to forgive the midfielder, however, after his treatment of the Merseyside club on deadline day.

According to freelance journalist Graeme Bailey, Everton had a private jet ready to fly Sissoko to Liverpool but the 27-year-old didn't turn up. What's more, he apparently "went missing" for several hours before signing with Spurs.

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