Everton statement claims to tell truth behind Moussa Sissoko transfer saga

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One of the final moves to go through in this year's summer transfer window was Moussa Sissoko's £30 million switch from Newcastle to Tottenham. It was also one of the most controversial.

That's because for much of Wednesday it was thought the French midfielder was heading for Everton. However, as the story goes, Sissoko left the Goodison Park club high and dry after failing to pick up his phone - entering radio silence before eventually turning up at White Hart Lane, much to the frustration of the Everton hierarchy.

However, that version of events has now been disputed by Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri who offered up what he claims is the true story behind his club's failure to sign Sissoko.


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In a statement relayed by Sky Sports News' Jim White, Moshiri claimed it was actually Everton who had decided to pull the plug on a Sissoko deal.

"Sissoko is a great player," it reads. "But when I bought into Everton, I made it clear I was proud to join a family.

"And we don't turn our backs on our own. Keeping James McCarthy was a priority and ultimately we could not proceed with a deal that would jeopardise his place at Everton.

"We wish Sissoko the best."

Contrasting stories

Moshiri's version of events certainly paints a different picture to the one that was on offer last night and this morning.

The question, though, is it simply the Everton owners trying to save face after suffering what had looked like a very public rejection from a transfer target?

Or, in the final hours of the transfer window, did Ronald Koemen and co. really decide they wanted to respect McCarthy's position at the club rather than spend money on a likely replacement?

In all likelihood, unless Sissoko himself opens up on what happened over the last 24 hours, we are unlikely to ever know just how he ended up at Spurs rather than Everton.

What is clear, however, is that the 27-year-old will be playing his football in north London for the foreseeable future.

Wise move?

Having been criticised by Newcastle fans for a lack of consistency during last season, some Everton fans may be happy to see how things eventually turned out.

Mind you, they may also be a little concerned by their new owner's comments. If they are to make strides towards the top European places in the Premier League, Everton will eventually have to bring in better qualities players to replace some members of their squad.

If Moshiri is really tentative about doing just that, it may be a harder process than originally though.


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