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Marseille interested in taking Moussa Sissoko on loan

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Returning to France might be an escape hatch for Sissoko and his best chance of making France’s World Cup squad.

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Roll on, transfer window! Today, Tom Collomosse writes in the Evening Standard that there might be a way out of north London for Moussa Sissoko, and it comes from Marseille. The Ligue 1 club, who recently finalized the signing of another Spurs cast-off in Clinton N’Jie, are said to be interested in taking Sissoko off our hands for us, though they prefer a loan deal to start with.

Sissoko started his career in France, playing six seasons for Toulouse before being hoovered up by Newcastle in 2013. Sissoko has expressed frustration in the past season for Spurs, one in which he played in 35 games and never once cracked the score sheet. Most Tottenham fans hated his deadline day signing last summer, and he hasn’t done much to endear himself to the fan base since.

However, he’s incongruously still liked by France manager Didier Deschamps, and Sissoko knows that he needs first team football if he’s going to remain a part of the France squad. That’s a little extra incentive to get a foot in the door at a place where Sissoko can establish himself as a major contributor, which doesn’t look likely with Spurs next season.

Spurs would almost certainly prefer to sell him this summer, but a loan would be fine. As one of the club’s top wage earners (reportedly at around £80k/wk), just getting his wages off the books for a season would constitute a win for Spurs. This feels like a story that’s going to drag on for a bit, but I think I speak for most Spurs fans when I say that this is one move in the transfer window that we certainly hope comes to fruition.