Tottenham submit late-window bid for £35m-rated attacker - report
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham have submitted a late-window bid for Newcastle attacking midfielder Moussa Sissoko, according to a report.
The Mirror claim Spurs have offered a cut-price deal for the Euro 2016 star in an attempt to push through a transfer before Wednesday night’s cut-off.
It is said Sissoko is keen to leave Tyneside but Newcastle’s £35million asking price has knocked back interested clubs including Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Everton.
The report states that Tottenham only value Sissoko at half of Newcastle’s price tag, which would be around £17.5million.
Sissoko has yet to play for Newcastle this season and is on international duty this week.
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The Mirror quote sources as saying it is increasingly likely that Sissoko will still be a Newcastle player by the end of the transfer window on Wednesday.
That will mean a big rehabilitation job for manager Rafael Benitez, who would look to integrate the Frenchman back into his side ahead of their Championship clash against Derby in 10 days.
Sissoko is contracted with Newcastle until June 2019, and was a mainstay for the Magpies last season. He was even named captain by 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.
However, he scored just one goal from 39 appearances and 3,402 minutes of action for his club last season, a poor return for a player with 44 caps for France and one who plays so high up the pitch.
Tottenham have made just two signings this summer, despite preparing for a Champions League campaign. Victor Wanyama has hit the ground running following a £12milliom move from Southampton, while Vincent Janssen joined from AZ Alkmaar.
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