By Harry Sykes
A humorous text message about Tottenham flop Moussa Sissoko was circulated among Newcastle staff following the HMRC raid on the club, according to a report.
The Times claim St James’ Park employees attempted to make light of the extraordinary events on Wednesday with some gallows humour focusing on the mega-money sale of the France international last summer.
“Is this because we stole £30 million from Tottenham Hotspur for Moussa Sissoko?” was reportedly one text doing the rounds on the phones of Newcastle’s staff.
Sissoko was sold by the north-east giants to Spurs on deadline day last summer after they beat Everton to his signing just hours before the window deadline.
But the 27-year-old has been a major disappointment at White Hart Lane in what has been an outstanding campaign by the club.
Sissoko, who was signed by Newcastle from Toulouse in January 2013, has not scored in 30 appearance for Tottenham and contributed just four assists from his attacking midfield position.
He played 45 minutes of Spurs’ 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Wednesday night although supporters delivered mixed verdicts on his performance.
Newcastle have been left reeling after HMRC arrived at St James’ Park and their Longbenton training ground, seizing computers and financial records.
Lee Charnley, the managing director, was arrested and then was released without charge on Wednesday night and is expected behind his desk on Thursday.
In other Tottenham team news, the club have terminated the contract of one of their emerging stars plucked from overseas.