Transfer Talk: Spurs switch possible for Moussa Sissoko
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on August 31, 2016
French International Moussa Sissoko is looking all but set to join Tottenham Hotspur from Newcastle for a fee believed to be in the region of £30 million. It’s been a transfer saga that has lasted ever since the midfielder put in two gutsy and brilliant performances for his nation in the semi-final and final of Euro 2016. It’s not quite the “dream” move to Real Madrid he was speaking about earlier in the summer but it will at least grant Sissoko the opportunity to ply his trade against the very best not only in the Premier League but also in the Champions League.
A deal hasn’t been finalised yet and a fee is yet to be agreed but we will all be very surprised if this one doesn’t get over the line by the time the window slams shut. Tottenham initially bid £16m to Newcastle who swiftly rejected but told Spurs they would accept a fee around the £30m mark. There were also whispers of adding out of favour midfielder Tom Carroll into the deal, thus softening the fee itself and allowing Newcastle to gain another midfield asset to their squad. However, it is looking as though that rumour doesn’t have as much legs as we first thought and so it seems to be a cash only deal that will take place.
Sissoko will join Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen as Spurs’ third summer signing should he join and will bolster a midfield which appears light of depth after the departure of Ryan Mason to Hull City for £13m and the possible sale of Nabil Bentaleb.
The big question over the deal will be whether or not his impact will be worthy of a £30m price tag, especially considering his very limited influence on Newcastle’s past couple of seasons, he seems to have the tendency to disappear in games and be more of a hindrance than an aid to his side at times. You’ve also got to wonder if he will actually get into the starting lineup of a very talented Tottenham side which boasts the resurgent Eric Dier, who has been crucial to recent Spurs success, and the immensely talented Mousa Dembele, who has been missed hugely at the start of this season and is now being rated as one of Europe’s best box-to-box midfielders.
The deal could hit a snag if Spurs stay firm on how much they’re willing to spend on the player and if Newcastle aren’t willing to lower their valuation, but you get the impression that with the player forcing the move, the club wanting to sell and Spurs needing personnel, the deal is almost certain to go through before the deadline tonight.