By Alex Stevens

Moussa Sissoko has claimed Everton’s dithering cost them the opportunity to sign him this summer.

The France international performed a dramatic U-turn after Newcastle had accepted Everton’s £30million bid late on deadline day and the Merseysiders had chartered a private jet to take him to Merseyside.

But Sissoko did not board the flight, Tottenham dramatically matched Everton’s offer at the eleventh hour and the player moved to White Hart Lane instead.

The attacking midfielder, 27, believes he would be an Everton player if the club had moved earlier.

“It’s simple,” Sissoko said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “I spoke with Everton in the past, but they didn’t make an offer to Newcastle when I wanted. 

“And then Tottenham came. And so when they came, I wanted to join this club directly. 

“Because, like I said, it’s a big club. So in my head, everything was clear. I wanted to sign here, that’s why I came here.”

The athletic midfielder impressed for France at Euro 2016 and convinced Mauricio Pochettino to bring him to White Hart Lane.

Spurs’ new star made his debut as a substitute  in the 4-0 win over Stoke last Saturday and again came off the bench in the Champions League defeat to Monaco in midweek.

Meanwhile, Everton’s failure to land the former Toulouse man left them slightly uncompleted in their transfer business.

However, the Toffees did strengthen their side with the signings of Maarten Stekelenburg, Idrissa Gueye, Yannick Bolasie and Ashley Williams.

In other Everton transfer news, Ronald Koeman reveals showdown talks with one of the club’s attacking midfielders.