By Dominic Toner
Tottenham have agreed the terms of a five-year deal with Moussa Sissoko as they prepare to beat Everton to the signing of the Newcastle attacking midfielder, according to reports.
The Sun report that Sissoko has settled terms with Spurs in the final hour of transfer deadline day after rejecting a move to Everton.
This was corroborated by Sky Sports transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol, who revealed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday night that Ronald Koeman’s eleventh-hour attempts at sweet-talking Sissoko to move to Goodison Park were snubbed.
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) August 31, 2016
Moussa Sissoko reps have told Everton he doesn’t want to sign for them. Ronald Koeman hasn’t been able to get hold of Sissoko on the phone
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 31, 2016
This comes after Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog on Wednesday (10.07pm) that Spurs had equalled the £30million offer submitted by Everton for the Newcastle attacking midfielder earlier in the evening.
Sky revealed on their blog (8.06pm) that Sissoko, 27, was set to travel to Goodison Park to undergo a medical before the shock late offer from Spurs.
Sissoko has frequently expressed his desire to play Champions League football this season and this may have been the deciding factor in his imminent move to Spurs.
The France international enjoyed a fine competition at Euro 2016, helping the hosts reach the final and impressing individually with his powerful displays.
Following Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship they were unlikely to keep hold of their star player and he is now set to join Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane.
Midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama has already been recruited to bolster the Spurs squad this summer and the introduction of Sissoko would provide real strength in the middle of the park.
Pairing Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier were ever-present in the Spurs team last season but could face some serious competition this season. However, the extra fixtures from the Champions League should allow the entire squad to be rotated.
In other Tottenham transfer news, this is how the club could line up after the signings of Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Pau Lopez.