If Moussa Sissoko proves a Tottenham Hotspur flop, could they use him to sign Wilfried Zaha?

Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko before the match

The Frenchman was wanted by Crystal Palace in the summer.

Tottenham Hotspur fans have certainly not been impressed with the performances of French international Moussa Sissoko since his big-money arrival from Newcastle United on transfer deadline day.

The dynamic midfielder has not fitted into the Spurs philosophy and even Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has gone public in his Sissoko disappointment this week.

Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko before the matchTottenham's Moussa Sissoko before the match

He had plenty of suitors in the summer. One team said to be keen on him were Crystal Palace. The Guardian reported that Palace were ready to target Sissoko in August, with the money accrued from the sale of Yannick Bolasie to Everton.

Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko in action with Crystal Palace's Wilfried ZahaNewcastle's Moussa Sissoko in action with Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha

Of course Tottenham Hotspur wanted a Crystal Palace player. The BBC were one of many sources to report that Spurs had failed in a £15 million bid to sign winger Wilfried Zaha from Palace in what would have been a shock deal.

So, if the current trajectory of these players continue, should Spurs consider offering Palace the Frenchman in exchange for Zaha in the future.

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha celebrates scoring their second goalCrystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha celebrates scoring their second goal

January would be too soon. Who knows? Sissoko may still come good. Zaha is also set for the African Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast.

But in the summer, if Sissoko continues to struggle to blend in at Spurs and Zaha continues to thrive at Selhurst Park it will undoubtedly be a tempting deal for all parties – especially if Zaha makes a desire to leave clear.

In the end Tottenham might just be able to salvage something from Sissoko, if his early start to life at the club is indicative if its future.

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