Why Tottenham should try for want-away Newcastle star Moussa Sissoko

The Frenchman seems certain to leave St James Park this summer.

Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko in action with Tottenham's Jan VertonghenNewcastle's Moussa Sissoko in action with Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen

Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko has made his intention to leave Tyneside clear and with his preferred new club being a Premier League team with Champions League football, Spurs should make an approach.

Speaking to French publication Foot Mercato recently, the 26-year old said:

"I have reached a level where playing in the Championship would be difficult for me. I need to continue to evolve. I aspire to play for the greatest European clubs and to continue with the French national team.

"There will be discussions. I hope that they go in the right direction. I want to leave. I would like to continue my career in England, in a club that plays Champions League football."

Aston Villa's Alan Hutton in action with Newcastle's Moussa SissokoAston Villa's Alan Hutton in action with Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko

The Magpies midfielder also went on to cite Arsenal as being the ‘club of his heart’ as a younger man - which could throw a spanner in the works of any potential move to White Hart Lane - but there doesn’t appear to be any interest on the Gunners’ end so far this summer.

Mauricio Pochettino is keen to strengthen his squad ahead of Tottenham’s Champions League participation next season and Sissoko could prove a useful addition.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Pace and power is something Spurs lack beyond their first XI, with the likes of Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll failing to provide the necessary physicality when Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli are absent

Sissoko’s ability to play as a deeper, central midfielder or across the attacking trio behind Harry Kane would allow Pochettino a great deal of flexibility and cover.

Tottenham's Mousa Dembele (L) and Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko in actionTottenham's Mousa Dembele (L) and Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko in action

Given Newcastle’s Championship status it’s also unlikely the Frenchman would go for too-hefty a fee and he holds the much lauded ‘Premiership-proven’ tag, which suggests he could represent smart business for the Lilywhites.

Doubts remain over his temperament however, and he has often been accused of going missing in big games by the Newcastle faithful.

Yet perhaps a bigger stage, at a club challenging for honours is exactly what is needed to get the best out of the talented midfielder.

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