An out of favour Tottenham star might have found the next club he is looking for thanks to Watford’s signing of midfielder Ozan Tufan.
Watford have been busy in the summer window, as every newly promoted side should be. In preparation for their return to the Premier League they recruited very economically. In total, they have spent roughly £13m on permanent additions. The rest of their signings have been free transfers or loan deals.
Their latest temporary acquisition is Tufan. He signed on a season-long loan from Fenerbahce on Thursday in a deal which also includes the option to buy come the end of it.
Now it has emerged that this deal has opened the door for the departure of one of Spurs’ squad players.
Midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been searching for his next club in recent weeks after being told by Nuno Espirito Santo he would not be used regularly by him.
Sissoko was a favourite under Jose Mourinho but he saw his minutes decrease towards the back end of last season, and they won’t be increasing any time soon.
The France international had been struggling to find clubs interested in signing him from outside of the Middle East.
But now the European club he has been desiring has emerged.
According to Turkish outlet Fotomac, Fenerbahce want Sissoko to come in as Tufan’s replacement.
They report the 32-year-old is willing to make the move if they can manage to pay the wages he is currently on in north London.
It seems if this cannot happen, he will be content with sitting out the last two years of his Spurs contract.
Nuno and co will hope a deal can be struck, of course. Shifting an ageing, unwanted player off their wage bill will be a huge plus for potential additions to the squad.
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Meanwhile, Tanguy Ndombele has seemingly been presented with two solutions to leave the club too.
Ndombele is Tottenham’s all-time record signing after a £55m transfer from Lyon in 2019.
Unfortunately, his time in the capital has not gone to plan due to inconsistency. While he began to rediscover some better form last season, he has failed to nail down a regular place.
In fact, new boss Nuno has cast him aside altogether. Despite being fit, Ndombele was not considered for selection in any pre-season friendlies.
And now a pair of swap deals are on the cards…