Reliable journalist: Tottenham won't get star international target for reported £10m discount

By Joe Nelson

Tottenham Hotspur have been told by Newcastle that they will not entertain bids of £20million for their star man Moussa Sissoko, according to a reliable journalist.

The 27-year-old, who starred in this year’s Euro 2016, has been the subject of Tottenham interest in the final few days of the transfer window, but the Magpies insist that he will not go cheaply.

Chief Chronicle Sports Writer Lee Ryder tweeted on Tuesday afternoon, saying: “Told #nufc won’t entertain bids of £20million from #thfc for Sissoko.”

The midfielder, rated at £30million by Newcastle, is desperate to leave St. James’ Park this summer, with the Premier League quartet of Spurs, Everton, West Brom and Crystal Palace joining Euro giants Real Madrid and Inter Milan in the hunt for the France international.

Spurs are looking for extra attacking options and Football Insider revealed on Saturday that they had offered Wilfried Zaha a double-your-money contract to push through a deal for the winger by Wednesday’s transfer cut-off.

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However, it seems that Alan Pardew is determined to keep hold of the exciting winger, which could lead to Spurs intensifying their efforts to get the Newcastle man. It is now clear that they won’t get a cut-price deal for the player unless Newcastle have a change of heart.

Sissoko is contracted with Newcastle until June 2019, and was a mainstay for the Magpies last season. He was even named captain by Rafael Benitez for the final matches of the campaign.

The France international was the outstanding player for his team at Euro 2016 as they lost 1-0 to Portugal in the final, after emerging as a regular in the tournament’s latter stages.

In other Tottenham transfer news, a medical has been booked after Spurs agree terms of £40,000-a-week midfielder.