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Everton and Tottenham in tug-of war for Sissoko

Who will sign the player?

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Updated 10:55pm BST

Everton are pretty steamed about how the last few minutes of the transfer window went. They withdrew their bid for the player when he refused to return any phone calls from the Toffees camp.

While fans and media alike are unhappy about Sissoko’s poor behavior, it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day. Clubs are often at the whims of the players especially on transfer deadline day, so that was bound to happen. Without European football, Everton have to rely on Koeman to persuade players to come to Goodison Park, and if they won’t speak to him, there’s little else to be done.

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Updated 10:12pm BST

Tottenham have now matched Everton’s bid of £30 million for the player. The signing will hinge on the player deciding personal terms with one team or the other, with reports saying that Sissoko is looking for Champions League football.

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According to several sources including Tony Scott of the Echo it looks like Moussa Sissoko is on his way to Everton for a last minute physical. It’s unclear if he’ll be at Finch Farm or if this will have to take place elsewhere, but it appears price and contract have been agreed and this deal will get done.

Unconfirmed reports say the final cost will be £30 million for Sissoko, that seems extremely high for the player, with Newcastle United giving the Blues the option to pay it in five annual installments of £6 million each. We shall see as the final reports and signing is announced if it really cost them that much.

Sissoko gives Everton another midfielder who can play centrally as well as out wide and specializes in dribbling and crossing. He’s got his list of negatives as well, but gives Ronald Koeman another attacking option and central option with Ross Barkley.

This along with Enner Valencia look like the only deals Everton will be able to get done for new players today, but a reminder that they have added plenty this window, including Ashley Williams, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Yannick Bolasie and Maarten Stekelenburg. Hopefully Koeman can compete for European competition with this group and make a stronger pitch for talent next summer.