Farhad Moshiri, majority shareholder of Everton, has claimed the Toffees didn’t want to sign Moussa Sissoko after all, according to The Mirror.
The dubious claim comes amid reports Tottenham stole the player from Everton’s grasp at the last minute. There were suggestions the Merseysiders had landed a private jet to fly Sissoko in for a medical, but the player switched off his phone and didn’t show up.
As a result, Moshiri has moved quickly to avoid claims Everton were embarrassed by both Spurs and Sissoko, claiming the club decided against buying Sissoko as his acquisition would “jeopardise” midfielder James McCarthy’s place in the side.
His claim seems doubtful as Everton appeared to be willing to let McCarthy, who was linked with Tottenham last summer, leave the club on loan. Any potential deal that would have seen McCarthy depart was called off when Spurs swooped for Sissoko.
At the end of it all, Tottenham got their man and Everton were left licking their wounds. Only time will tell if the Toffees will rue missing out on the French midfielder.