Tottenham wanted to sign Moussa Sissoko in the summer, but he stayed with Newcastle.
Speaking to FootMercato, the agent of Moussa Sissoko has confirmed that clubs wanted to sign the midfielder over the summer, whilst explaining why Newcastle did not want to sell the French international.
He said: “There are three English clubs who came to show interest during the transfer window. The reasons why Moussa did not leave are simple. Newcastle are counting on him. They did not intend to separate from him during this transfer window. They want to keep one more year. He had no inclination to join a club where he would receive potentially less time game.”
Sissoko sems happy with staying at Newcastle, as he wanted to ensure he was playing every week in the season heading up to Euro 2016, despite Premier League sides wanting to sign him.
His agent has stated that three English clubs looked at the midfielder over the summer, whilst the report claims that Tottenham Hotspur made a formal approach to sign the 26-year-old, and were willing to offer roughly £17 million for his services.
However, they came nowhere near Newcastle’s valuation of their star player and sometime captain, whilst Sissoko himself was keen to remain at St James’ Park due to his situation with the club.
He needs to be playing every week if he is to remain in Didier Deschamps’ plans for the 2016 European Championship, and he is a guaranteed first-team started on Tyneside, and is generally one of the better performing players in Steve McClaren’s side.
It is claimed in the report that selection for Les Bleus in 2016 is ‘certainly ensured’ having stayed with the Magpies, and it would be no surprise to see him once again excel in the Premier League this term.