Marcus Bent doesn’t believe Everton will revisit their interest in Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko this summer.
The Toffees came close to signing the experienced Frenchman back in 2016 following Newcastle’s relegation back to the Championship.
However, the midfielder failed to agree personal terms at Goodison Park and ended up joining Spurs.
But having slipped down the pecking order in north London, making an exit more than likely, Bent reckons that Sissoko’s age could prove a barrier to stop Rafael Benitez from linking up with the 31-year-old once again after their brief spell together at Newcastle, in which he made the Frenchman captain in one fixture against Manchester City.
But Sissoko turns 32 on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, and the former Toffees striker believes that Benitez will be looking to bring in younger players.
He exclusively told Football FanCast:
“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.”
Everton generally have a young squad, so adding to Sissoko to their party would be a bizarre signing.
Managers love bringing in former players, not to mention that Benitez once made the French midfielder captain at Newcastle, but this isn’t a transfer that many will expect to see materialise.