Everton Manager Ronald Koeman says that he spoke to Moussa Sissoko the week before transfer deadline and the then Newcastle midfielder told him he was interested in moving to Goodison.
Koeman going on to say that then ‘everyone knows what happened’ on deadline day, when Moussa Sissoko reportedly refused to take calls from Everton.
It was always tricky believing what Moussa Sissoko had to say when he was at St James Park, particularly when in the same interview he was capable of pledging his loyalty to Newcastle, whilst also saying how he would love to sign for a ‘Champions League’ club.
It sounds as though he was very much keeping a fair few clubs hanging on with his intentions, as Tim Krul recently revealed that Moussa Sissoko told him he was going to either Inter Milan or Juventus, around the same time he was telling Everton he was interested.
Newcastle will say Koeman and the scousers had a lucky escape as instead Moussa headed for the rivals of the ‘club of his dreams’ Arsenal.
Fair to say as well that Tottenham fans weren’t showing universal happiness at his arrival.
With the midfielder returning to his usual form earlier this week for France in a 0-0 draw, with an ineffectual display and substitution against no-hopers Belarus, there will be keen interest to see which Moussa Sissoko turns up in the Premier League this season…if he gets a game.
Ronald Koeman talking about the transfer window:
“Overall positive, because we signed some good players, of course though we had a disappointment on the last day.
“That happens in football because you don’t get always what you like to have – it was not in our hands with Moussa Sissoko, he chose finally a different option…we did everything to get the player.
“I did not have the meeting with his agents. From the outside, it was difficult.
“I spoke to the player, I think it was 10 days before the last day of the window…and the player showed his interest in coming to Everton.
“Then, finally, everyone knows what happened…I thought that was the player for us, what we needed at that moment. Then the picture was totally perfect.
“I think it is also now more difficult than ever to sign players: the money, the salaries, the agents.
“You see what happened on the last day, with clubs signing players, doing big transfers – you can ask why today and why not three weeks ago?”