By Will Butcher
Everton boss Ronald Koeman has revealed that he spoke with Tottenham’s new £30million man 10 days before deadline day.
The France international left Newcastle in the final minutes of deadline day after Tottenham beat off Everton in the race for the winger’s signature.
As quoted by Sky Sports News HQ’s official Twitter account, Koeman revealed in his pre-match press conference on Thursday that the Euro 2016 star had told the Everton boss that he was keen to move to Goodison Park.
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) September 8, 2016
“It’s difficult because I didn’t have any meeting with his agent,” Koeman said.
“I spoke to the player 10 days before the end of the window and the player showed his interest in coming to Everton, but everybody knows what happened.
“It’s always difficult. The player was what we needed at that moment and the picture was totally perfect. But still, without that player, the picture is very good.”
Spurs matched the Toffees £30million bid to secure the services of the 27-year-old with just minutes to spare on deadline day, ending a summer-long transfer saga that had seen Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Liverpool all credited with an interest in the former Toulouse man.
The France international has been high on the shortlist of Europe’s heavyweights following his impressive Euro 2016 performance, and could be set to make his Tottenham debut against Stoke on Saturday.
In other Everton news, this international midfielder is set to face a spell on the sidelines for three weeks.