Reliable journalist: Tottenham to join race for reported £30m Euro 2016 star
By Will Butcher
Tottenham may look to sign Newcastle’s Euro 2016 star Moussa Sissoko after failing to secure a move for England international Wilfried Zaha, according to a Bleacher Report journalist.
The 27-year-old, rated at £30million by Newcastle, is desperate to leave St. James’ Park this summer, with Premier League trio Everton, West Brom and Crystal Palace joining Euro giants Real Madrid and Inter Milan in the hunt for the France international.
Bleacher Report football journalist Dean Jones claimed via his personal Twitter account that Tottenham could join the lengthy list of admirers for Sissoko, if they can’t secure a deal for Zaha.
Spurs looking at alternatives to Zaha. Palace still unwilling to listen to offers. Sounds like Moussa Sissoko could become an option
— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) August 29, 2016
Football Insider revealed on Saturday that Spurs had offered Zaha a double-your-money contract to push through a deal for the winger by Wednesday’s transfer cut-off.
However, Palace manager Alan Pardew has continued to reiterate his desire to keep the England international and this could mean that Argentine boss Mauricio Pochettino turns to former Toulouse man Sissoko.
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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.
However, he scored just one goal from 39 appearances and 3,402 minutes of action, a poor return for a player with 35 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.
In other Tottenham transfer news, personal terms have been settled over a £25.6million deal for this winger.