Last August, Spurs signed Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle on deadline-day for a fee of £30 million. Nothing has gone right for Sissoko since then, and now his nightmarish time at Tottenham Hotspur may be coming to an end.
He’s been linked with moves to France and Turkey, and now Trabzonspor’s president Muharrem Usta has come out and said that his club are interested in signing the 27-year-old on loan. Turkish outlet TRT Spor has the quotes, and the translation is via our friends at ESPNFC.
"He is a very important player -- Tottenham paid £35m (sic) for him.”
"He didn't live up to expectations last season but this can happen in football. We want to loan him and get his career back on track.”
"Obviously Tottenham do not want to give up on a player they paid that kind of money for, but we will see."
The only thing Mr. Usta is wrong about is the last part, of course Spurs want to give up on this player! He didn’t go on the pre-season tour, and is clearly not a part of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans for the upcoming season. Sissoko should’ve never been signed, and it’s about time that the club cut their losses.
It’s refreshing to see actual quotes from an actual club president about this situation. For a while it seemed like Spurs might never be able to find a realistic taker for Sissoko and his salary.
A loan to Turkey might see Tottenham still paying a bit of his salary, but oh well. It also might not be permanent at first, but hopefully Daniel Levy can put a clause in the deal that will require Trabzonspor to pay a mandatory future fee for Sissoko.
It remains unclear whether Sissoko himself would favor the move. He might not want to trade London for Turkey, but if he wants regular playing time ahead of next summer’s World Cup then he has to leave.
It would make the most sense for all parties if this loan/transfer comes to fruition.