Tuesday 27 September 2016

Everton stopped Moussa Sissoko deal to keep James McCarthy, says owner Farhad Moshiri

Published 01/09/2016 | 16:32

Farhad Moshiri's claims have raised eyebrows
Farhad Moshiri's claims have raised eyebrows

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has claimed that Everton withdrew from a deal to sign Moussa Sissoko to keep Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy at Goodison Park.

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Toffees boss Ronald Koeman and Everton agreed a club record £30m fee for the powerful French midfielder yesterday and personal terms but the 27-year-old snubbed the Merseyside club when Tottenham matched their offer.

Sissoko ended up signing a five-year deal at White Hart Lane, but Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has claimed that Everton withdrew from the deal and the future of McCarthy was a major factor in their decision.

"[Moussa] Sissoko is a great player. But when I bought into Everton, I made it clear I was proud to join a family," a statement from Moshiri read.

"And we don't turn our backs on our own. Keeping James McCarthy was a priority and ultimately we could not proceed with a deal that would jeopardize his place at Everton.

"We wish Sissoko the best."

McCarthy has started two of Everton's three league games so far this season but has been struggling with a groin injury and is expected to undergo treatment on Friday that will keep him sidelined for a few weeks.

The Glasgow-born holding midfielder will miss Ireland's trip to Belgrade to play Serbia on Monday.

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