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Everton 12:45 Chelsea

Sissoko set for Toffees switch

By Francisco Acedo.   Last Updated: 07/07/05 4:44pm

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The agent of Mohammed Sissoko has told that the midfielder is poised to complete his move to Everton.

Jose Segui revealed that an ‚é¼8 million (£5 million) fee has been agreed between the two sides and that the finishing touches are now being put to the transfer.

The 20-year-old Mali international is expected to fly to Merseyside for a medical in the near future before sealing his switch to Goodison Park.

"The transfer of Sissoko to Everton is practically finalised," agent Jose Segui told

"There are only some small details to resolve and then the medical of the player."

Segui also revealed that there would be no 'buy-back' clause in the transfer and dismissed claims that Liverpool had made a late bid to hijack the deal.

Reds boss Rafa Benitez signed Sissoko for Valencia from Auxerre in the summer of 2003 and remains a fan of the powerful midfielder who has drawn comparisons with Patrick Vieira.

However, Segui insists Benitez has not jumped in with a late offer to lure the player to Anfield.

"Liverpool and Benitez have asked about the player's situation in the past, but have not made a proposition," he continued.

Sissoko has made over 50 appearances since arriving at the Mestalla, but Segui confirmed new Valencia boss Quique Flores had given the green light to the move as he did not consider him part of his long-term plans.

"The decision to allow Sissoko to leave is down to the new coach," he added.

"He (Sissoko) did not enter in his plans for next season."


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