For most Everton fans, the thought of signing a Liverpool player is never pleasant reading especially when they didn’t have the best of times at the club.
Then it’ll surprise some Toffees fans to see that Everton are being linked with Malian midfielder Mohamed Sissoko in a bid to reinforce their midfield line-up.
Sissoko was a player at Liverpool for 3 years between 2005 – 2008 and this will no doubt be in the minds of fans should talk progress between the player and the club.
But the Malian could very well be up for a transfer in the near future having been frozen out by big spending PSG over the last 12 months.
With Roberto Martinez being a fan of having at least one physical player in the centre of the park, Sissoko could give an extra strength level to their style of play.
Any plans to sign Sissoko won’t be simple though as there are numerous other clubs interested in the player’s services including QPR, Fiorentina, Napoli and Monaco.
Harry Redknapp is thought to want the 28 year old to help guide the club back into the Premier League but their relegation last season has meant that the Londoners are unlikely to do a deal.
But Italy could very well be a more attractive proposition for Momo who has previous experience in the league with both Juventus and Fiorentina.
After spending last season out on loan with Viola, the Florence side could do with an added midfielder or two to help them get back in the hunt for European competition.
Alongside that, Napoli are a strong option as well for the player with former manager Rafa Benitez interested in re-signing Sissoko are the two spent time together back at Liverpool and Valencia.
It was initially back in Valencia where the Malian first became a known player in Europe notching up 45 appearances for the Spanish side before moving to Liverpool in 2005.
In a spell ravaged by injury, Sissoko’s spell in England limited to just 51 appearances for Liverpool before he suffered similar issues at Juventus for the next 3 years.
Things had looked up for the midfielder when he joined PSG back in 2011 where he made 26 Ligue 1 appearances in his debut season but their big spending ways saw him just make 3 starts before heading to Florence.
If Sissoko is able to overcome his chronic injury problems, then he could be a decent signing for Everton even if it does take fans a little while to warm to a player who previously competed for their arch-rivals.