By Alex Taylor

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has claimed the Toffees pulled out of a deal to sign Moussa Sissoko to prevent themselves from jeopardising James McCarthy’s place in the squad, according to a reliable journalist.

The Merseyside outfit were involved in a deadline day tug-of-war battle for Sissoko but missed out on his signature, as Tottenham stole in to secure the former Newcastle forward.

Everton were believed to be close to securing Sissoko for a club-record £30million on Wednesday evening.

“Sissoko is a great player,” Moshiri told Sky Sports journalist and deadline day guru Jim White. “But when I bought into Everton, I made it clear I was proud to join a family. And We couldn’t turn our backs on our own.”

“Keeping James McCarthy was a priority and ultimately we could not proceed with a deal that would jeopardise his place at Everton. We wish Sissoko the best.”

Ronald Koeman’s side had been linked to a number of high profile additions this summer including Manchester United’s Juan Mata and Belgian star Axel Witsel, but neither deal materialised before the transfer window shut on Wednesday evening.

Everton did make some traction in the transfer market though, with senior additions Yannick Bolasie, Ashley Williams, Maarten Stekelenburg, Idrissa Gueye and Enner Valencia all joining the club.

In other Everton transfer news, Koeman has completed a loan deal for West Ham striker Enner Valencia, it was announced on Wednesday night.