Moussa Sissoko is set to leave Tottenham.
The player’s representatives are set to meet with Spurs officials to pave the way for a summer departure after a disastrous transfer for all parties…apart from Newcastle United.
L’Equipe say that their information is that talks will take place over the next fortnight to set in motion a transfer to a new club, with the French media organisation understanding that an offer of around 20m euros (approx £17m) will allow Tottenham to see the back of the French midfielder.
Newcastle accepted a remarkable £30m offer for Moussa Sissoko on deadline day last summer but Tottenham fans were quickly left wondering about their big summer transfer, wondering if just maybe Newcastle fans had been right about the waster.
For most of his time on Tyneside, the former Toulouse player had irritated Newcastle fans with repeated French interviews where he said he would have to move, so that he could fulfil his own personal ambitions and guarantee his international space, compete for honours and in particular, play regular Champions League football.
The European dream became a nightmare as despite Spurs struggling to qualify from the group stage, they ignored the talents of the former Newcastle player, only giving him one start and he was abysmal, as Tottenham crashed 1-0 at home in a vital game against Bayer Leverkusen.
When it comes to the Premier League it has arguably proved even worse for Moussa Sissoko, with Mauricio Pochettino giving him only six starts, the last of them being last year.
In this calendar year and without a league start, the Sissoko involvement has been as follows:
4 January 2017 Tottenham 2 Chelsea o (4 minutes for Sissoko)
21 January 2017 Manchester City 2 Tottenham 2 (12 minutes)
31 January 2017 Sunderland 0 Tottenham 0 (17 minutes)
4 February 2017 Tottenham 1 Middlesbrough 0 (9 minutes)
11 February 2017 Liverpool 2 Tottenham 0 (13 minutes)
5 March 2017 Tottenham 3 Everton 2 (3 minutes)
Those 58 minutes in what will be over three months of Premier League football, have been the final push for Didier Deschamps.
Showing loyalty to Moussa Sissoko despite his stated policy of only selecting players getting regular first team football at club level, even the French National Coach has had enough, leaving the Spurs player out of his latest squad.
This has left the midfielder with no alternative but to move in the summer, as turning 28 in August time is running out for him to prove to be the superstar he clearly believes himself to be.
It is difficult as a Newcastle fan not to take some satisfaction/enjoyment from his plight, Moussa Sissoko having given so little in his time at St James Park and being a major factor in the eventual relegation, scoring only one goal all season.