The 32-year-old has been one of the first names on the teamsheet for the Hornets this term, recording 32 Premier League appearances but has failed to keep them afloat in the division with their relegation being confirmed earlier this month.
The Cottagers, on the other hand, are set to replace them next season after being crowned champions of the second tier and Marco Silva is all but certain to have a larger transfer budget at his disposal because of that.
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Even with their promotion, it looks as though Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa will be exiting Craven Cottage on a permanent basis in the coming months with his current loan side Napoli preparing to recruit him for the long term.
Although he has spent the vast majority of the campaign in Italy, the Cameroonian’s departure may still leave a void in the west London side’s squad and Silva may want to move for a replacement to provide more competition and give his side the best possible opportunity of remaining afloat at the top level.
Sissoko could be the man to replace him with the Cottagers thought to be monitoring his situation, though they may have to fork out a fee for his services with his contract at Vicarage Road not expiring until 2023.
Jeunes Footeux also believe a return to France is a potential option at this stage too, though Silva’s side may be in pole position to win his signature if he wants to remain in England.
Considering the 32-year-old was playing for Tottenham Hotspur not so long ago, he certainly has the pedigree to make the Cottagers a top-tier club for the long term but his arrival won’t guarantee their survival, as the Hornets’ fortunes have shown.
Harrison Reed, Nathaniel Chalobah, Jean Michael Seri and Tom Cairney are all good options with Josh Onomah in the mix as well – but it remains to be seen whether they should recruit Frenchman Sissoko.
Even though many of their midfielders are at the peak of their careers at this stage, it could be argued that they should be pursuing a younger alternative who could end up becoming a long-serving player at Craven Cottage.
At 32, Sissoko is unlikely to be sticking around too long especially if a move back to France is tempting at some point, so looking at the longer-term may not be the worst idea as they look to recruit the players to keep them in the division for years to come.
In fairness though, they won’t have a bottomless pit of money to spend in the coming months and with other areas to strengthen including their goalkeeping department, their defence and the forward area, they will need to limit their spending on individual players.
They will also need an advanced midfielder to come in and fill the void that Fabio Carvalho will leave, potentially needing to spend a sizeable fee to recruit an adequate replacement.