We were following the betting on where Moussa Sissoko would end up a few days before the end of the summer transfer window and the favorites were Italian powerhouse Juventus.
And it seems Moussa was surprised when he ended up at Tottenham – but of course that didn’t stop it from being the move he had always wanted.
Moussa Sissoko – at Tottenham
I always wanted to move to Tottenham (honest)
Moussa also stayed in the Premier League and that’s one of the (many) things he said this summer about where he wanted to go.
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul talked to Moussa just before the end of the transfer window and it seems Moussa may have also been following the betting on where he would end up.
Tim is at Ajax on loan for the season and he has been on Ajax TV and this is what he has said about Moussa:
“He thought himself that he would go to Italy, that is what he told me only last week.”
Nothing much happened with Moussa until the night of the 30th – last Tuesday night – when Tottenham put in a very low bid of £15M for him.
That was immediately rejected by Newcastle who then said the minimum they would accept for the Frenchman was £30M – twice what they had just offered – take it or leave it baby.
Daniel Levy was outmaneuvered by Newcastle on Thursday but we have to thank Everton for coming in with a £30M bid for Moussa.
That panicked Levy into immediately meeting Newcastle’s price of £30M and the rest is history.
Newcastle got £30M for a player we simply will not miss in the side and that has to be excellent business in anybody’s eyes.
We made a profit of £28.5M on Moussa in three and a half years – and that’s thanks to Graham Carr.
Graham has taken an awful lot of criticism in the last year or so – but that was one of his good buys – at least financially.
Credit where credit is due.