Moussa Sissoko says he never intended to join Everton in the summer, because Tottenham are a “bigger club”.
The midfielder was the target of a reported bid from the Toffees on Deadline Day, but eventually sealed a move from Newcastle to Spurs.
“Why would I have joined Everton? Spurs are a bigger club,” Sissoko told the Daily Mirror. “They wanted me at Everton. I didn’t hear anything else. Tottenham came in next.
“In my head it was clear I absolutely wanted to sign for them. Without wishing to offend Everton, Tottenham in my opinion is a bigger club than Everton. So for me it was better to go here. And I didn’t think more about it. I signed.”
Sissoko’s big-money move to White Hart Lane, however, hasn’t quite gone to plan.
The former Newcastle man has started just four Premier League games this term and is yet to score in eight appearances.
The winger has also been charged by the FA with violent conduct after he appeared to elbow Harry Arter in the face during the 0-0 draw with Bournemouth.