Everton manager Ronald Koeman has today said that Moussa Sissoko told him 10 days before the end of the transfer window that he was interested in a move to Goodison Park.
But what Ronald didn’t know was that Moussa at that point was interested in any move to get him away from St. James’ Park so a player of his substantial ability didn’t have to play in England’s second division with Newcastle.
Anything but that.
Moussa Sissoko after signing on at Spurs
And then of course Everton came in for him on August 31st and bid the then asking price of £30M for him.
Tottenham had earlier that day refused to meet Newcastle’s price after initially bidding £15M, but came in and met the asking price once Everton met the price.
After that Koeman found out that Moussa didn’t really want to join Everton when a bigger club who had qualified for the Champions League wanted him.
But Newcastle fans know all about Moussa Sissoko and that came as no shock at all.
This is what Koeman said about the Everton 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?”
Moussa refused to take phone calls from Koeman after he had agreed to join Everton, as he diverted to Tottenham and signed for them.
As far as Everton knew he was supposed to be on his way to Goodison Park to take a medical and sign for the Toffees.
Newcastle are well rid of Moussa Sissoko – we glad he left Newcastle.