Remember that time just over a year ago when Everton had a plane on the tarmac ready to take Moussa Sissoko to Goodison Park to complete his transfer, but instead he turned off his phone and went to sign with Tottenham Hotspur instead?
Yeah. That didn’t work out so well did it?
Well, if the French footballing media is anything to go on, Everton might just be the club to take Sissoko off of Spurs’ hands. L’Equipe, in their print-only edition, suggests that the Toffees are interested in a season-long loan for Sissoko. The story hasn’t hit their website yet, but Sport Witness has the details. Apparently Everton is one of a couple of English clubs that have interest in Sissoko, but only on a loan-to-buy basis and not a permanent deal.
The supposition is that this is less likely to appeal to Daniel Levy, who wants Sissoko off the books entirely, but I’m not so sure about that. We’ve seen several Spurs players shipped off on loan-to-buy deals in recent years: Federico Fazio, Clinton N’Jie, and Nabil Bentaleb spring immediately to mind. If Levy can work out an arrangement with a mandatory purchase clause at the end I don’t see why he woudn’t let Sissoko go out on a loan.
According to France Football, Marseille is another possible loan destination for Sissoko, but Moussa seems to prefer staying in the Premier League to a return to Ligue 1.
Either way, the gears are slowly grinding on the eventual departure of Sissoko out of north London. Don’t be surprised if Sissoko is wearing some other jersey before the close of the transfer window, even if it’s only on a temporary basis.