"We don't turn our backs on our own" - Everton owner prioritises James McCarthy over Sissoko

Ireland midfielder had been linked with an exit

James McCarthy, Ireland,

Ireland's James McCarthy ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

The transfer window has closed and despite speculation, Ireland midfielder James McCarthy is going nowhere.

Everton have kept the player at Goodison Park but also missed out on the signing of France international Mousa Sissoko from Newcastle as a disagreement over personal terms saw him go to Tottenham instead ahead of last night's Transfer Deadline.

But publicly at least, Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is not disappointed at missing out on Sissoko and feels McCarthy has an important role to play under new manager Ronald Koeman.

"Sissoko is a great player. But when I bought into Everton, I made it clear I was proud to join a family. And we don’t turn our backs on our own. Keeping James McCarthy was a priority and ultimately, we could not proceed with a deal that would jeopardize his place at Everton. We wish Sissoko the best," he said.