Report: Moussa Sissoko transfer hits a hitch, Pochettino does not want to sell Tottenham flop

Moussa Sissoko of France and Sebastian Larsson of Sweden competes for the ball during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Sweden and France at Friends Arena on June 9, 2017 in Solna,...

Trabzonspor vice-president says Tottenham midfelder is keen to join.

Trabzonspor president Gencaga Meric has told Trabzonsporlay that Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko is keen to join the club.

But he admits the transfer has hit a hitch, with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino reluctant to let Sissoko leave.

Sissoko signed for £30 million from Newcastle last summer but made only eight Premier League starts.

Meric said: "Sissoko is looking warm to Trabzonspor. We do not have a problem with the player, but the club and his coach do not intend to let the player go."

He added: "We have made the necessary attempts."

Moussa Sissoko of France and Sebastian Larsson of Sweden competes for the ball during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Sweden and France at Friends Arena on June 9, 2017 in Solna,...

His comments could be seen as somewhat of a concession of defeat, that the decision is out of their hands.

Tottenham could decide to use Sissoko in their Premier League opener against Newcastle at the weekend at right-back if Kieran Trippier does not recover from injury.

Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur and Javier Manquillo of Sunderland compete for the ball during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur at Stadium of Light on...

Trabzonspor fans have been begging Sissoko to join via Twitter, which is likely to have helped him feel warmly towards the switch. 

Tottenham's reluctance to let Sissoko leave could only be temporary, and they may be more open to it once they bring players in before the transfer window departs.

The midfielder is trying to choose the club which will allow him the best chance of making France's 2018 World Cup squad.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch