By Alex Taylor
Ronald Koeman has lamented his side’s failure to secure Moussa Sissoko’s signature this summer.
Everton submitted a £30million bid to land the attacking midfielder on transfer deadline day but missed out as he chose to move to Tottenham from Newcastle.
Everton did complete deals for Yannick Bolasie, Ashley Williams, Idrissa Gueye, Maarten Stekelenburg and Enner Valencia this summer, but Sissoko would have been the Merseysiders’ landmark capture of the window.
“I’m very happy with the squad,” Koeman told Sky Sports. “Disappointed about our last target, but overall happy because the club did really a good job in the transfer window and the team is stronger than it was in my opinion.”
According to journalist Jim White, Blues owner Farhad Moshiri claimed the Toffees pulled out of the deal to sign Sissoko to prevent themselves from jeopardising James McCarthy’s place in the squad.
— Jim White (@JimWhite) September 1, 2016
Despite failing to bring in Sissoko, Koeman’s new squad have started the 2016-17 season well, picking up seven points from their first three fixtures against Tottenham, West Brom and Stoke City.
The Merseysiders, who sat in fourth place going into the weekend’s action, have already seen a stark change in form from previous seasons.
Former boss Roberto Martinez guided the Blues to back-to-back 11th placed finishes in the Premier League in his last two season’s in charge, a far cry from the Champions League places supporters want to see Everton challenging for.
The Blues now face a relatively simple September run of fixtures, they play Middlesbrough, Norwich, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace after their clash with Sunderland on Monday evening.