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​Everton co-owner explains reason for not signing Tottenham new boy Sissoko

Everton co-owner Farhad Moshiri has claimed the club opted against a deadline day move for Moussa Sissoko despite submitting a £30million bid, reports the London Evening Standard.

The Toffees looked set to sign Sissoko in the final hours of the summer transfer window before Tottenham entered the race, matching their bid at the eleventh hour.

The Spurs offer of £30million - to be paid in five instalments of £6m across the five years of Sissoko's new deal - reportedly spun the transfer in favour of the north London club at Everton's expense.

"Sissoko is a great player," Moshiri said in a statement to Sky Sports' Jim White. "But when I bought into Everton, I made it clear I was proud to join a family. 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."

Ian Ferris
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