The two Newcastle United players Tottenham really needed, they have just missed out on

Tottenham have been linked with Moussa Sissoko of Newcastle, but the two Toon players they really needed, they have just missed out on.

Tottenham Hotspur were linked with making an offer for Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko at the end of last week, reported by French website Footmercato.

The central midfielder is a key figure in Newcastle's side, and a deal could have made some sense considering the fact Tottenham have sold central midfielders Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli this summer.

The club are however well stocked in this position even still, with Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb, Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli all options for Mauricio Pochettino.

Instead there are two Newcastle players which Tottenham have an even greater need for, the problem is they do not have a chance of signing either.

This is because they are the Toon's two new additions, Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The duo play in positions Spurs need to strengthen, on the wing and up front.

Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend both face uncertain futures at Tottenham, which would leave Erik Lamela as the one real option out wide.

Wijnaldum was voted PSV's player of the season last year ahead of Memphis Depay, scoring 18 goals for the club in all competitions last season.

He is already off the mark in pre-season for Newcastle, having sealed a £14 million transfer. He looks like being an explosive addition for the Premier League side, and it's a wonder a club like Spurs, on the verge of the Champions League places, did not make a stronger push to sign him.

The same could be argued for Newcastle's second big addition of the summer, striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

He sealed his switch from Anderlecht last week, telling the Guardian he wants to emulate club legend Alan Shearer.

He improves Newcastle's strike options immeasurably, but at Spurs he would have been an ideal foil for Harry Kane, to alleviate the pressure on the England international.

Tottenham's failure to act to sign two talented and affordable players is their loss and Newcastle's gain; and finding two equally talented if not better players to perform in their positions must be a priority - above adding a midfielder like Sissoko.

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