Tottenham Hotspur will have to cough up the entire £30m fee to Newcastle United for Moussa Sissoko, even if the midfielder leaves the club this summer, reports the Chronicle.
There were some suggestions that Spurs could get away with not paying the entire sum if Sissoko moved on in the next few months.
However, according to the Chronicle, Newcastle have rejected these claims and expect to receive the agreed amount in instalments.
Tottenham sealed Sissoko’s signature on the final day of last summer’s transfer window, and it is fair to say that he failed to impress at White Hart Lane.
The 27-year-old started just eight Premier League games, struggling to convince manager Mauricio Pochettino that he deserved a regular place in the first team.
It is believed that Spurs have paid just £6m for Sissoko so far, and the next amount will be transferred over the summer.
The North London outfit certainly agreed to pay over the odds for the midfielder, and to make it worse, they will be forking out for the flop even if he moves on.
It was not the best bit of business from chairman Daniel Levy, but in the interests of improving the squad, it makes the most sense for the club to cut their losses and offload Sissoko.
They are highly unlikely to receive a sum in the region of the £30m that they paid, despite the midfielder still having four years left on his contract.
The player himself has indicated that he wants out after he told L’Equipe in an interview that he is open to moving elsewhere.
It has been a nightmare transfer for both Tottenham and Sissoko, so the best solution is to part ways.