Everton were in negotiations with Newcastle United and representatives of Moussa Sissoko throughout Tuesday, according to reports on Wednesday morning.

Those talks are set to continue on Wednesday as reported by L’Equipe.

However, the discussions are claimed to be not just exclusively with Everton, as Tottenham and West Brom are also trying to sign Moussa Sissoko as well.

West Brom put in a £15m offer early in the transfer window and Tottenham are reported to have put in a similar bid late on Tuesday (Sky Sports reporting it to be £16m), which is said to have been dismissed out of hand as ‘derisory’ by Newcastle. Inter Milan are also credited with retaining an interest but having no interest in going near Newcastle’s £35m valuation.

With now only hours to go until the transfer deadline (11pm) we all think that surely a transfer will happen, considering how badly Moussa Sissoko has burnt his bridges with the Newcastle fans and quite probably many of those in the NUFC dressing room – BUT somebody still has to make a suitable offer, even if that won’t be the full £35m asking price.

Most Newcastle fans appear to see the best scenario as Moussa Sissoko faced with West Brom making the only acceptable offer, with Real Madrid a distant deluded memory…

Rafa Benitez said this about the Moussa Sissoko situation on Friday (26 August):

“In  transfer windows, you have an idea (of what is happening) and then you have the players, the agents and the clubs.

“We’ve had clubs asking about Moussa Sissoko but the offers haven’t been good enough, so he is still here.

“We don’t know what will happen now but if they come in with the right offer, maybe we can say ‘Yes’.

“If there isn’t the right offer, maybe he has to stay here.

We have had some bids but they have not been big enough.

“We definitely won’t consider a loan deal.

Moussa Sissoko is training well – we are dealing with him and managing him, he has been training well.”