Marcus Bent has told Football FanCast that he does not think Everton will revisit their interest in Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko this summer.
Everton reportedly almost signed the French international in 2016 but Tottenham swooped in instead, snapping up Sissoko from Newcastle for £30m after matching Everton’s bid for the midfielder late on deadline day.
However, Bent, an ex-professional footballer who played for Everton, claimed that he could not see the Toffees taking a risk on an older player when they could go for a young up-and-comer.
He said: “I don’t think they’re going for a 31-year-old.
“With the players and Everton who they are at the minute, they can go for a younger signing.
“Bringing in a 31-year-old, and don’t get me wrong, massive player, but I don’t think that would be a good signing for Everton. Whether it happens or not I don’t know, or whether Rafa demands him, I don’t know.”
The midfielder has slowly moved down the pecking order in North London and could potentially be part of a big shift in players due to the arrival of Fabio Paratici, newly appointed managing director of football.
Everton have appointed manager Rafael Benitez after Carlo Ancelotti left to take up a role at Real Madrid.
Moussa Sissoko is a player that should leave this summer. He has been a good servant but has run his course at the club.
The Toffees have one of the youngest squads in the league but Rafa could lean towards some experience to help bolster his squad towards European football.
There has to be fresh change and that involves getting rid of players who are not useful and sucking up the wage bill. As for Everton, it seems an unlikely fit.
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