Moussa Sissoko has claimed he was never close to making a deadline-day move to Everton and always “wanted to join Spurs”.
The France international left Newcastle for Tottenham in a last-minute £30million move on Wednesday, reportedly snubbing Everton in the process.
There were widespread claims on deadline day that Everton had agreed a transfer with the Magpies and Sissoko was heading to Merseyside to complete the move before a late change of heart and a switch to the Londoners.
The 27-year-old says he was never close to signing for the Toffees and he only ever had his heart set on a move to Spurs.
“I never went to Everton,” Sissoko said after featuring in France’s 3-1 friendly win over Italy on Thursday. “It’s funny. I was watching TV, and I saw that a deal had been done with Everton and that I had signed for them. But I was in London, waiting to sign my contract [with Spurs].
“The main thing is that I signed for the club I wanted to join. Of course I would have liked it to have happened earlier, but now it’s done.”
Everton reacted to their failure to land Sissoko by then immediately announcing the capture of Enner Valencia from West Ham.