Everton’s new co-owner Farhad Moshiri has explained why the Toffees pulled out of a deal to sign Moussa Sissoko, according to the Daily Mail.
According to the Iranian, Everton didn’t want to “jeopardise James McCarthy’s place”. Yes, that’s the same James McCarthy that Newcastle were reportedly interested in signing for £20m last week.
Moshiri, in a post-deadline statement, claimed that it was the Merseyside club’s priority to retain McCarthy’s services.
Despite this, it is being claimed that Everton were prepared to sell McCarthy if they could find a replacement. West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace were both rebuffed in late attempts to sign the Republic of Ireland international.
Moshiri, formerly a joint-shareholder with Alisher Usmanov in Arsenal, is no doubt enjoying Sissoko’s discomfort at statement’s made earlier in the summer. Public declarations of love for the north London club whilst signing for local rivals Spurs are hardly terms of endearment to the ears of the denizens of White Hart Lane.
But like us, they are football fans and fickle with their affections. Unlike us, they are £30m poorer this transfer window…