Transfer round-up: Spurs sign Newcastle’s Sissoko

A round up of the latest signings, sales and stories at Tottenham Hotspur from Transfer Deadline Day.

Done deals

Moussa Sissoko

The Newcastle United midfielder, who starred for France during the summer’s European Championship, has officially signed for Tottenham in the dying embers of the transfer window.

Everton initially had a bid of £30m formally accepted before Tottenham matched the offer to Newcastle United, with the opportunity to play Champions League football undoubtedly swaying the midfielder’s decision.

Newcastle signed the player for £1.8m from Toulouse in 2013.

The Frenchman’s ability is undoubtable, though he was one of many players that persistently underwhelmed under Steve McClaren’s guidance last term.

Sissoko scored 11 goals in 118 league matches for Newcastle and represents a versatile addition to the squad, being capable of playing deep in the midfield, at number ten or out on the right.

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Only Hazard and Bale completed more dribbles than Sissoko (18) during Euro 2016

N’Koudou

The deal for Marseille winger Georges-Kévin N’Koudou has finally been completed after a prolonged saga.

The deal appeared to have hit the buffers as a result of a change of ownership at the French side, but an agreement has now been reached.

Details of the N’Koudou deal

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N’Koudou broke the news of his transfer on his Twitter account

Just 21 years old, the Frenchman has a huge amount of potential and will add some blistering pace to the squad, something that has been very much lacking during the first three games of the season.

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N’Koudou is said to have been identified whilst the club scouted now Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi

Lopez

Spurs have also captured 21 year old Spanish goalkeeper Pau Lopez on a season long loan from Espanyol.

The 6’2″ goalkeeper has made 38 league appearances for the Catalan side and has a big future ahead of him.

Though unlikely to get too much game time with the likes of Michel Vorm and Hugo Lloris at the club, the signing of Lopez adds a strength of depth to the goalkeeping options and has allowed Luke McGee to join Peterborough on loan.

Lopez came through the youth academy of Pochettino’s former club Espanyol

The rumours

Isco

The Spanish superstar is by far the biggest name to be linked with a potential end of window move to Spurs, having become frustrated with a lack of opportunities at Real Madrid.

Still only 24 years old, Isco has amassed 22 goals in 151 games for Los Blancos, winning two Champions Leagues titles and a Copa del Rey in that time period.

The signing of Isco would represent a real sign of intent from the club, whose activity this window has been less than inspired. However, if any move is to be completed, it is likely to be on an initial loan deal.

Update: Isco has confirmed that he will be staying in the Spanish capital

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Isco has made 13 international appearances for Spain

Wilfried Zaha

The England international is another wide player that has been linked to the club.

Zaha managed just two league goals and one assist last season, though he did fair better in cup competition as Crystal Palace reached the FA Cup final.

Reaction to news that Zaha has supposedly caught the eye of Pochettino has led to a mixed reaction from supporters. Whilst many will recognise the he has plenty of up side potential, the 23 year old has continually flattered to deceive in his fledgling professional career.

Update: It is understood that Spurs ended their interest in the player early in the day

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Zaha rejoined Crystal Palace in 2015 after a disappointing spell at Manchester United

Max Meyer

The German prodigy has grown existentially during his time at Schalke, rising through the ranks of the academy to become a key feature of the club’s midfield.

At just 20 years old, Meyer has already been capped by the German national team and starred for his national Olympic squad as they claimed a silver medal in Brazil.

Max Meyer is undoubtedly at the top of many teams wish lists, but it seems unlikely that the player will be leaving any time soon. Schalke are under no pressure to sell and the German paper BILD claim that a £38m Tottenham bid has already been rejected.

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Meyer scored four in six appearances for the German Olympic team, having also played 17 games for the U21 side

Outs

Ryan Mason

The much maligned English midfielder has joined Hull City in a club record, undisclosed fee, transfer rumoured to be in the region of £18m.

An academy product, the 25 year old made his name during Pochettino’s first season at the club but drew significant criticism when deputising for the likes of Mousa Dembélé as last season’s finale went out with more of a fizzle than a bang.

Whilst Mason may not have ultimately provided the quality that many had hoped for, his commitment to the club was unwavering and many fans will admire the attitude that the midfielder displayed.

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Mason joined Spurs in 1999, aged just eight years old

Clinton N’Jie

The former Lyon man appears set to join up with Marseille on loan as part of the deal that has seen N’Koudou join Spurs.

The deal is understood to have an option to buy at the conclusion of his loan period.

N’Jie, 23, was initially said to be reluctant to leave Tottenham, preferring instead to fight for his place – but has since come to accept that his north London career is most likely over.

The Cameroonian attacker’s time at the club was marred by injury as he managed just eight league appearances, failing to score.

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N’Jie made 14 appearances in all competitions for Spurs, he did not score once

Nacer Chadli

The Belgian international has left the club to join West Bromwich Albion on a permanent deal.

Opinion: What went wrong for Chadli at White Hart Lane

The winger-cum-striker has had a relatively inconsistent time on White Hart Lane – the dizzying heights of 2014-15 saw the 2013 signing net an impressive 11 goals in 35 appearances, before a massively disappointing return of just three in 29 games during 2015-16 saw the former FC Twente man be deemed excess to requirements.

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Chadli has joined West Brom in a £13m deal

McGee & Oduwa

Goalkeeper Luke McGee and winger Nathan Oduwa, both 20, have joined League One side Peterborough United on loan until January.

Oduwa has previously spent time on loan at Luton, Rangers and Colchester and is a Nigeria U23 international.

Both players are yet to make their Tottenham competitive debut

Written by Joe Thomas

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