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Everton make loan approach for Sissoko

| Friday, 21 July 2017  75 Comments  [Jump to last]
He was the bullet dodged a year ago after a disastrous £30m deadline-day move to Tottenham but Moussa Sissoko is once again being mooted as possible transfer target for Everton.

L'Equipe are suggesting that a number of clubs have shown interest in taking the France international off Spurs' hands but name the Blues as the club who have made an offer to take him on loan for the season.

Marseilles are also said to be interested in Sissoko, specifically on a loan-to-buy basis, but Tottenham would prefer an outright sale to get him off the books.

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David Ellis
1 Posted 21/07/2017 at 15:26:05
I really don't think so.
Eugene Ruane
2 Posted 21/07/2017 at 15:30:05
I don't think there's any chan... oh wait a minute.

It's been MOOTED!?

Welcome to Everton, Moussa!

Brian Williams
3 Posted 21/07/2017 at 15:34:12
I know business is business but I'd be disgusted if we even considered him.

Mooted? He should be booted!

Jay Harris
4 Posted 21/07/2017 at 15:39:46
I hope it's just the usual paper talk bullshit.

After the way he disrespected us last year, any interest in him would not be welcome by me.

Alan Humphreys
5 Posted 21/07/2017 at 15:41:11
Ditto. Hardly set the Spuds team alight. We dodged a bullet there.

Next bullshit story please...

John Malone
6 Posted 21/07/2017 at 15:42:21
I'd take him no problem – he's big strong and fast like no other forward we now have fit!

Lukaku has gone and Bolasie is injured – we need to add speed and power to our attack, especially on the right!

Also he'll have a major point to prove after not getting a sniff last season and it being a World Cup year!

I'd take £25 mill and him for Barkley!

Franny Porter
7 Posted 21/07/2017 at 15:42:21
I don't think he would make our first eleven.

If he is coming in as back up, I hope that's as back up for Dowell and Lookman who I would play all day instead of this fraud.

Christopher Wallace
8 Posted 21/07/2017 at 15:44:22
Sissoko and Grosicki. The two bullets swerved last season, are now targets for this season. Cool story.
Jack Convery
9 Posted 21/07/2017 at 15:47:43
Ian Riley
10 Posted 21/07/2017 at 15:51:52
The guy turned us down! Enough said!
John Hammond
11 Posted 21/07/2017 at 15:53:18
Haha – no way this is true!
Will Mabon
12 Posted 21/07/2017 at 16:06:30
How to destroy an improving Premier League team.

1. Lose Lukaku, push out Deulofeu and Barkley.
2. Bring in Sissoko and Grosicki.

This can't be true.

Jim Knightley
13 Posted 21/07/2017 at 16:10:13
I don't see the point of either of them, and expect that Grosicki in particular is bullshit.

Sissoko though does meet Koeman's desire for pace and power – I wouldn't want him at our club mind. He is over-rated, would cause problems, and doesn't satisfy our need for creativity and goals. It's the kind of deal I could have seen if we hadn't signed Klaassen, but we have.

John Pierce
14 Posted 21/07/2017 at 16:23:27
You'd imagine this is bait to connect a few dots & breadcrumbs leaked by Ross's agent to get things moving .👀

Gordon White
15 Posted 21/07/2017 at 16:26:18
Oh really. Next
Steve Dowdeswell
16 Posted 21/07/2017 at 16:32:07
I'd much rather see a proven goalscorer coming in.

He may well come here with a point to prove after the disaster at Spurs but I can't see him getting a warm welcome at Goodison Park to be fair.

Jeff Armstrong
17 Posted 21/07/2017 at 16:34:32
Sissoko has had about 5 decent games in the last 3 or 4 years, his Newcastle debut, 1 or 2 soon after, and a couple at the Euros last year... and that's it.
Charlie Lloyd
18 Posted 21/07/2017 at 16:35:56
Hopefully not going to happen.
Harry Wallace
19 Posted 21/07/2017 at 16:42:02
Please, no!
William Cartwright
20 Posted 21/07/2017 at 16:42:41
What if it is true? What if? I think Koeman's game plan philosophy may be to press all over the pitch and look for goalscorers throughout the team, in a big way. A complete contrast to last season where he was largely playing the cards he was dealt, and everything went through Rom.

Watching the Twente game, the positive aspect for me was how every man and his dog were having attempts on goal. It wouldn't surprise me if the traditional 'target man' becomes a dinosaur as a new strategy emerges.

If this is to be taken on board, it could prove very interesting indeed. Watching the Sandro videos seems to support this. He and the players around him seem to swarm all around the penalty box more than attacking the goal itself and the ball is crossed or passed to anyone wearing the same colour shirt in a more threatening position. All played out with plenty of movement and fast 'pass and move, which Klaassen and Rooney seem very skilled at.

It is a very simple concept, easy to describe, but I imagine very difficult to orchestrate successfully on the pitch. Liverpool have traditionally been a pressing team, but, like most teams, they seem to do it with players pressing in a series of standard formations. However I am seeing Everton doing it more erratically (not necessarily a bad thing) and with good intensity, which makes them very difficult to play against.

Could also be a reason for the potential re-emergence of Besic, breaking out from defense in a very attack-minded style. It might even have been in the back of Koeman's mind to play it all around Rom for a season, see how far that goes and then move him on for a profit and catch teams unawares at the start of the new season. Could be a useful strategy especially with the very difficult fixtures at the beginning?

I don't know if it makes sense but that is what I am seeing.

Coyb . . . . . . .

Tony Everan
21 Posted 21/07/2017 at 16:43:37
First story is Horseshit.

Second story is Bullshit.

Next week, we move on to Gorillashit, Elephantshit, Donkeyshit...

Liam Reilly
22 Posted 21/07/2017 at 16:43:49
Just No to this arsehole.

Lee Preston
23 Posted 21/07/2017 at 16:44:22
Remember when Sissoko went to Spurs for bigger and better things, and how once they made it known there was 'only one club for me'? Yeah, how did that work out for you lad?

Leave him well alone, Blues!

Mike Berry
24 Posted 21/07/2017 at 16:49:15
I cannot understand this thread and why we really wanted him last year. Obviously we must have seen something but the player isn't showing it. He just does not put the performances in that he should.

He has the pace and power and was excellent for France, in spells. I can only assume he has attitude problems and is a lazy player; best swerved.

Anthony Dwyer
25 Posted 21/07/2017 at 16:50:48
I don't really see the issue here.

The lad chose a Champions League club over us, so what !

He's not a scouser, he's not a blue, who wouldn't have chosen Spurs over us !

Its not his fault we left it til the last day to fuck it up, in his eyes it was clear he was available for £35m and we didn't decide to offer that until the last day meaning he was our last choice, so why should we be his first choice?

I don't overly rate him but I'd take him on loan, even with a view to a permanent deal so long as we had the details in our favour so we could decide against the deal when we scout better options.

I'm not sure we need him tbh, but rather than mess McCarthy about, we should either play him or sell him; if we want to mess someone around, then cash in on McCarthy and bring in Sissoko.

Scott Mongomery
26 Posted 21/07/2017 at 16:51:20
Koeman was reportedly apoplectic when Sissoko literally U-turned his car and headed for London when he was expected at Goodison last year.

If anyone thinks he will now welcome him with open arms, you have reached a level of delusion never before achieved. Even Donald Trump would not stoop to this level of fake newsery.

Frank Crewe
27 Posted 21/07/2017 at 16:54:15
After he supposedly lied to Koeman and left him standing on the tarmac for a helicopter that never arrived, I'd be amazed if Koeman would consider him for a second.
Frank Crewe
28 Posted 21/07/2017 at 17:04:32
There's a report on NewsNow that we might be interested in Blaise Matuidi. Now that's more like it. No doubt it's all rubbish but I wouldn't mind seeing him in a blue shirt.
Roger Percy
29 Posted 21/07/2017 at 17:14:00
Not on Koeman's watch.
John G Davies
30 Posted 21/07/2017 at 17:15:40
Frank, if only.

What a player. Perfect for the English game.

Paul Tran
31 Posted 21/07/2017 at 17:25:10
I would have taken him last year so I'm going to be consistent and say I'd take him now.

Last year, he took what he thought was the best offer and he floundered in that graveyard for midfielders called Spurs.

Spurs buy too many similar midfielders, don't play them often enough, don't get the best out of them, they sulk, they get spat out, they leave. Until they win a trophy, that'll be Pochettino's & Levy's failing.

I'd get him in on loan, tell him to prove himself, give him a sense of belonging you don't get at Spurs and let him flourish.

Lee Jackson
32 Posted 21/07/2017 at 18:17:31
Would he get in ahead of Schniederlin, Gueye, Davies, Klaassen, Rooney? Nope, of course not, non-story for me.

After all the quality we have bought and also been linked with, there seems to be a raft of uninspiring links suddenly. Perhaps the press are making up bullshit to try and keep us in 'our place'.

Richard Reeves
33 Posted 21/07/2017 at 18:28:44
Newcastle fans couldn't wait to see the back of him. A lot would say he would only have one good game in ten, most of the time he wouldn't work for the team and that he had a big part to play in their relegation.

He then goes to Spurs and guess what? Spurs fans also think he is lazy and overrated.

This is the main issue – not that he tried to belittle our club but that he just isn't a good player.

Ciarán McGlone
34 Posted 21/07/2017 at 18:35:55
How many centre midfielders do we actually need?
Bill Gienapp
35 Posted 21/07/2017 at 18:37:21
Please tell me this is a joke. The guy's a bum – forget the Spurs debacle, the Newcastle fans couldn't wait to get rid of him and were rolling in the aisles that they somehow got some fool club to stump up £30-million (thankfully not us, though we appeared all too willing).

Throw in his blatant disrespect towards the club – both with his deadline shenanigans and then doubling down with his "Why would I go to Everton" comments – and it's an easy "No thank you, Goodbye."

Neil Thomas
36 Posted 21/07/2017 at 18:44:04
Anthony (#20) – seriously, you would swap Sissoko for McCarthy? You've got to be joking – at least McCarthy gives 100%. Sissoko turns up when he fancies.
David Barks
37 Posted 21/07/2017 at 18:49:06
McCarthy gives 100% ever few months when playing for Ireland maybe, and when sitting on the table nursing whatever injury he might have picked up.
Neil Thomas
38 Posted 21/07/2017 at 18:56:00
David (#29),

It was only 2 seasons ago he was our best player. Yes, I will admit that he's been unlucky with injuries but, when fully fit, he's a class above Sissoko.

£30m got paid on the back of 2 decent games in the Euros.

David Barks
39 Posted 21/07/2017 at 19:18:29

He hasn't been unlucky. He's gone against the medical advice of the club to get injured, on multiple occasions, while with Ireland.

Jay Harris
40 Posted 21/07/2017 at 19:24:48
Can anyone explain to me, 40,000 Spurs supporters and 45,000 Newcastle supporters ,what this lad has ever done to justify playing for a top 6 club?

He had a couple of flashes in a French international game and that makes him worth £30m??

I'm sure Levy considers it the worst bit of business he has ever done.

Tom Bowers
41 Posted 21/07/2017 at 20:09:51
Have to agree – what does this lad have that will help Everton?

He looked ordinary playing for the Barcodes but then had a few good games for France which had Spurs salivating. Of course we knew he was over-rated last year and so it proved as he couldn't get into the Spurs team.

I have a question though and that is: Would you take this lad on loan or pay £40-50 million for Sigurdsson?

David Currie
42 Posted 21/07/2017 at 20:16:35
Sissoko is crap and has an attitude to match, go back to France.
David McMullen
43 Posted 21/07/2017 at 20:24:52
No thanks, next.
Mark Morrissey
44 Posted 21/07/2017 at 20:30:04
More chance of Steven Gerrard signing for us – and he'd be about as popular.
Joe Foster
45 Posted 21/07/2017 at 20:48:47
Big mistake, this fella.
Christy Ring
46 Posted 21/07/2017 at 20:51:30
The way Sissoko belittled us, and weren't we lucky he did. He was crap at Newcastle, worse at Spurs, no thanks. I'd take Mahrez, and forget about Sigurdsson.
Brian Williams
47 Posted 21/07/2017 at 20:55:11
Story doesn't state what we actually want to loan him for. Top balcony could do with more serving staff!
Jason Barker
48 Posted 21/07/2017 at 20:56:54
This fella typifies the Sky Sports celebrity footballer of today that I for one can't abide. Cocky, headphone-wearing prick, swaggering off the bus with a face like someone's just pissed on his chips.

Can't see this twat putting in a shift on a pissing down freezing night at the likes of Stoke or Burnley. Steer clear. This is not the type of character we need in the dressing room.

Kristian Boyce
49 Posted 21/07/2017 at 22:11:11
Complete and utter rubbish from the media, making up a story by putting 2 + 2 together due to our previous interest in him.

I guarantee Koeman, Walsh, and Moshiri have no interest in him after his escapades last year. That bridge has well and truly been burnt.

Neil Thomas
50 Posted 21/07/2017 at 22:23:38
David, can you blame him when he wasn't getting a game for Everton at the time?
Neil Thomas
51 Posted 21/07/2017 at 22:25:49
Does anyone know if we're on BT sports next Thursday?
Anthony Dwyer
52 Posted 22/07/2017 at 03:15:17
Neil (#28)...
Mate I'm not saying I'd swap McCarthy for Sissoko at all, what I actually said was if were over loaded in the centre and McCarthy is to miss out, then why not cash in before he devalues and use Sissoko as he used us last year?

The above results in £20m in the bank, and a ready made replacement without any need to have to use him if he's unneeded.

We could both use each other too; it's World Cup year and Sissoko will want to be a part of it. He may have a shit hot season as a result.

If Besic performs and Walsh breaks through then simply fuck Sissoko off and we still have £20m for a player Koeman wasn't going to use and we have new blood within the squad.

Imo McCarthy should be used as a regular squad player but with Schneiderlin and Gana both first choice along with Davies and Barry both being used in McCarthy's position too, I can't see game time for McCarthy. He will then want off in January or alternatively next seasons transfer window.

Sissoko can play holding or more attacking through the centre and also on the right, he adds to the squad what we would lose in McCarthy.

Laurie Hartley
53 Posted 22/07/2017 at 05:36:46
We have just parted company with one player who didn't want to play for us. Why on earth would we want to take on loan a player that didn't want to play for us when we offered to buy him?

I can't see it – if it's true, then I would have some serious question about the judgement of the Everton hierarchy.

Na – must be paper talk.

Darryl Ritchie
54 Posted 22/07/2017 at 07:40:59
Tottenham are trying to unload him. We were "unlucky" enough to have missed out on him the first time. The press, naturally, assessed the situation, and logically reasoned that Everton would barge our way past any prospective suitors for the opportunity to land this world class player, the second time around.

We dodged a bullet last season. A truly mediocre talent! Hopefully Koeman has come to his senses, and walks away... no... runs away from this, as fast as he can.

Dave Speed
55 Posted 22/07/2017 at 09:54:57
It's a smokescreen. Everybody will be watching the Spurs training ground while the real deals get done elsewhere.
David Metcalf
56 Posted 22/07/2017 at 10:03:45
I wasn't sure what to think when we didn't get him last year. Part disappointed, part relieved! Yes, he'd played well in the Euros for France, but his performances for Newcastle during their relegation season left an awful lot to be desired. Apparently a lot of their fans were glad to see the back of him... especially at the price they got.

I thought playing in a far stronger Spurs team would benefit him, but it just didn't happen, and as a result, a lot of Spurs fans now seem to want to see the back of him too! So I've now got the opinion that we'd be best to swerve this one, even on loan.

Besides, if Sissoko has got an attitude problem, as some on here are suggesting, having him in the dressing room at a time when there is a genuine "feelgood" factor running through the club could be the last thing we need.

Neil Thomas
57 Posted 22/07/2017 at 12:59:15
Anthony (#43),

I see what you're saying now and yeah it makes sense. Suppose McCarthy ain't really got much competition for his place in the Irish squad whereas Sissoko knows he will have to play out of his skin to get into the French squad.

So it could be a bumper season for him and, if he has a decent Euros, get rid if we need to for a good profit.

Eugene Ruane
58 Posted 22/07/2017 at 13:40:41
I will never look at this feller (or anyone like him) and think "Oh yeah, REALLY hope we get him."

But if he arrived on loan, wouldn't break my heart either.

Firstly, loan players (generally!) play like they have something to prove (it's the 28-year-old who has just signed a 5-year deal that makes me most nervous).

But there's another reason.

An improvement on the last few seasons would be that if we have players injured, their replacements aren't a straight choice between an ageing warhorse or a thin 15-year-old.

I don't know if Koeman's recruitment plan is acknowledging this, but I quite like the idea of us seeming to have too many players.

Over the last few years, there's been a few times I've thought "This side looks like it could do something as long as we don't get any inj.."

Then CRACK!!

And when that crack has happened, the replacements for our first-choice players have (to me) often seemed a long way from being like-for-like.

Of course you'd be right to say "Yeah well they're not going to be as good otherwise they'd be in the first team", however it's a matter of degrees and the difference between what Man City and Chelsea bring off their benches when there are injuries or substitutions makes my eyes water.

So we get an injury and can call on this feller, committed and with a point to prove? Fine with me.

By the way (and I KNOW I'm pissing in the wind here) 99.9% of footballers (including Everton players) think like this lad – "I want the best deal for me, most money, Champions League, glory, big fat watches, cars you need a stepladder to get into, satsuma coloured sorts..." etc etc.

So when supporters are selective about certain players (ie: this feller) based on shite they read in shite tabloids, they are the ones who look daft to me.

John G Davies
59 Posted 22/07/2017 at 13:53:26
Fair point about the attitude of loan players looking to get themselves a permanent move. I haven't seen much of this lad, France games apart. Where would his best position be?

I spoke to a lad whose opinion on football I respect, he reckons he is perfect for right hand side of a midfield 3. If we play that formation of course.

I see Koeman changing the formation and team dependent on opposition. A lot more flexible with the players we have brought in.

Jim Potter
60 Posted 22/07/2017 at 14:08:32
Neil (#42) – ITV4 at 19:30 I believe.
Graham Mockford
61 Posted 22/07/2017 at 14:08:57
I've always been of the view to compete you need effectively two first team XIs. Someone who you are confident can play in the big games and not to quote Eugene 'an ageing warhorse or a thin 15-year-old.'

On that basis we don't seem short in central midfield with Gueye, Schneiderlin,, Klaassen, Davies, Barry and McCarthy; however, if the manager sees Sissoko as a trade up then fair enough.

On the same basis we are short a left back and possibly a centre half if Funes Mori is out for a long time. I certainly don't see Holgate being ready yet but maybe he likes the look of Besic as a central defender.

Up front, we are definitely short of a centre forward and an attacking midfield player. I don't see Calvert-Lewin being ready, although I have more hope for Lookman.

Effectively we have Sandro, Rooney, Mirallas and Bolasie when fit. I'm sure this is currently the priority area.

Paul Tran
62 Posted 22/07/2017 at 14:12:11
Yes, Thursday's game is on ITV4.
James Watts
63 Posted 22/07/2017 at 14:12:27
Exactly what Ron should be saying, Drew.

I don't hold against him the fact that he chose Spurs over us. I hold the shear arrogance he showed and will always remember that smile when asked about joining Everton. A smile like 'Are you serious? A player like me. Joining them?'.

He's a tosser of the highest level and hope this is pure paper talk as I would seriously wonder what the hell Walsh and Koeman are up too.

Geoff Lambert
64 Posted 22/07/2017 at 14:21:21
Can't find a live forum???

Team for today...

Andy Meighan
65 Posted 22/07/2017 at 18:51:21
Jason (#39), Summed him up perfectly. Absolute twat and I hope we don't touch him with a shitty stick.

And Brian (#38), you're right. Have you tried getting a bevy at half-time in the Top Balcony? Murder!

David Metcalf
66 Posted 22/07/2017 at 23:00:47
In fairness to Sissoko,Tottenham does sometimes seem to be a bit of a graveyard for midfielders at times. Sigurdsson was a player who never clicked at The Lane for whatever reason, as was Lewis Holtby, who arrived with a big reputation from Germany. Indeed, weren't we vying with Spurs for his signature,cos' his Old Man was a Blue??

I also remember Danny Murphy rarely being as effective in a Spurs shirt as he was at Anfield, and later was at Fulham. So maybe Sissoko would surprise us, particularly with it being a World Cup year. But when it comes down to it, I still think "Nah, give it a miss. He's probably not worth the risk"!!

Jason Broome
67 Posted 23/07/2017 at 03:11:39
Anybody remember this from last year..?

Even on loan what a mug we would be!

David Johnson
68 Posted 23/07/2017 at 06:59:41
Koeman is as singularly focused on being as successful as he can be, in the same way that Lukaku was. This means that in all likelihood he won't hang around beyond the couple of years left on his contract.

Like some of the best managers, he lacks sentimentality and is totally focused on achieving his goal. Mourinho didn't let feeling a twat (for letting him go) stop him in his pursuit of Lukaku and Koeman wouldn't think twice about bringing in Sissoko, if the deal is right.

He'll kick Ross Barkley up the arse if he thinks he needs it and he'll ship fans favourites like Deulofeu out if they refuse to help out with the donkey work. Like Mourinho he won't get everything right but near as damn it he will. If he wants Sissoko then that's fine by me. He'll kick him up the arse too.

Mark Andersson
69 Posted 23/07/2017 at 10:22:11
Jason Broome, what a strange link, that guys Geordie accent was strange too.
Jason Broome
70 Posted 23/07/2017 at 10:26:27
I have no idea.
Derek Thomas
71 Posted 23/07/2017 at 10:49:17
On a loan, maybe, for this season. But, on past history, I would be very wary of signing him on anything more than year by year.
Paul Birmingham
72 Posted 23/07/2017 at 11:35:56
This is another pony media farce story. Deffo no, no and never. The lad showed his standards last year. A centre-forward and central midfielder are priorities.
Geoff Lambert
73 Posted 23/07/2017 at 19:48:38
We should contact his agent offer him £150,000 per week on a 5-year deal, then tell him to be at the airport where we will be sending a private jet to pick him up for his medical.
Not send the jet and when they contact us to ask where the plane is just say "We are signing someone else instead. See ya."


Shaun Wilson
74 Posted 23/07/2017 at 20:04:48
Yes Geoff #73. And we will get big Ron to do an interview with a big "You didn't actually think I'd sign you, you scum bag?" grin on his face. Karma indeed, lol.
Mark Rimmer
75 Posted 25/07/2017 at 13:03:12
We don't want him anymore and he doesn't want us, he's far too busy taking social media selfies to play any football anyway, swerving this one hopefully.

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