Moussa Sissoko has confirmed that a move to Everton was never on the table, and he was only ever interested in signing for Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs completed a £30 million move for the former Newcastle midfielder, who was linked to top clubs like Real Madrid, Juventus, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.
On transfer deadline day, however, reports surfaced that the Frenchman was actually due to sign for Everton before the London club made a late bid to match that of the Toffees.
Several reports claimed that Everton had everything set up and even readied a chartered plane for the 27-year-old’s arrival. However, he apparently went missing at the last minute, and surprised the Merseyside club when he was pictured signing for Spurs instead.
However, Sissoko has rebuffed claims that he was meant to sign for Everton, saying he was actually in London waiting for a deal to be finalised with Tottenham while the news reported that a contract with the Toffees had been wrapped up and signed.
Speaking about these rumours in an interview with L’Equipe, he said: ”I never went to Everton.
”It’s funny, I was behind the TV, and I could see that it was done with Everton, I had signed. But I was in London and I was just waiting to sign my contract. The bottom line is that I signed in the club where I wanted to go.
”Now I hope to have a good season and I am happy to participate in the Champions League.”
Sissoko also revealed that Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris helped convince him that White Hart Lane was the right place for him.
”Yes, we talked on the phone. He was happy for me. We have a good relationship with Hugo.”
The midfielder’s move to Spurs has garnered a lot of criticism from fans and pundits alike, with many believing the club had paid well over the top for the midfielder.
Sissoko had been a source of frustration on Tyneside, and Newcastle fans mocked the rumours that he had disappeared while he was meant to finalise a move to Everton, saying it wasn’t the first time the Frenchman had vanished when needed most.