Newcastle have launched a sensational eleventh-hour deadline day move for Dele Alli as they look to hijack Everton’s deal for the Tottenham attacking midfielder. The Toffees shook hands with Spurs on a move during face-to-face talks between the clubs this afternoon in London after newly-appointed manager Frank Lampard backed the capture of the England international.
But now Newcastle have entered the fray and are determined to try and snatch Alli before he signs on the dotted line at Goodison Park.
The Magpies have turned attentions elsewhere after seeing a loan offer for Jesse Lingard blocked by Manchester United.
Ralf Rangnick was prepared to let Lingard join Newcastle but the Old Trafford hierarchy were not willing to comply after offloading Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek, while also losing Mason Greenwood following his suspension and arrest.
Now The Athletic claim Newcastle have launched an audacious last-minute swoop for Alli in a bid to blow Everton out of the water.
The player, however, was pencilled in for a medical with Everton this evening meaning the chances of any move to Goodison Park are now slim.
Alli is still on course to become Everton’s second acquisition of the day – third including new boss Lampard – after the capture of Dutch international midfielder Van de Beek from Old Trafford.
Newcastle have reportedly tabled an initial loan with option to buy that could be of higher value than Everton’s successful offer.
The Toffees will not pay a single penny to Spurs to begin with for Alli though, due to the unique structure of the deal.
However, Tottenham will receive £10m from Everton once he has made 20 appearances.
The deal could eventually rise to up to £40m with add-ons.
Antonio Conte had offered Alli the chance to turn his Spurs career around, handing him a start against Liverpool in December.
Yet the playmaker failed to full grasp the opening he received from the Italian and has once again struggled for minutes in recent weeks.
It effectively opened the door to a January exit but interest was few and far between until the closing stages of the transfer window.
Everton were only able to sign Alli permanently after taking up their two domestic loan spots with Anwar El Ghazi and Van de Beek.
Alli is one of several Spurs exits on deadline day with Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Bryan Gil all departing on loan to Lyon, Villarreal and Valencia respectively.
Tottenham have also completed the double signing of Juventus duo Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur.