Football NewsDele Alli close to joining Everton
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Dele Alli has rather lost its way in recent years, but the plan is to re-open the spark on Merseyside.


A little about Dele Alli

The Anglican International closes on deadline day for an eventual £10m transfer to Everton, with the Tottenham player preparing to join new Everton manager Frank Lampard at Goodison Park. Dele Alli has been overseeing a move from Tottenham for some time now, with form struggles keeping him in north London in recent years. Now looking for a new beginning, Dele hopes to rediscover the spark on Merseyside and prove that he is not a fading force.

Spurs completed the signing of Dele in a deal with MK Dons in February 2015. Dele Alli saw that season in League One before making a giant pro run in the PL. The England international hit the ground as top performer, with the target found 10 times during his debut campaign. Dele Alli then established a reputation as one of the best goal-scoring midfielders in English football, with 22 efforts recorded in 2016-17 and 14 the following season.

Highest international recognition came to him, with 37 caps earned for the Three Lions – graceful Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018 along the way. However, the end product has begun to dry up for Dele, and he has failed to achieve double goalscoring goals in each of his last three seasons. Regular starts have also proved difficult, as the likes of Conte and Mourinho cannot be convinced of what the once-hot prospect has to offer.


Why Everton are interested in Dele Alli

Dele’s ability remains unquestioned and Everton will believe he could be sacked again. They are looking for more creativity in their opening XI, with the help needed for the likes of Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison in the final third. Frank Lampard knows what Dele Alli is capable of, having watched him closely over the years, and has been cut from a similar fabric as a player – and there is no better mentor when it comes to delivering goals from midfield.

The deal, which will take Dele from north London to the North West, will initially be free, with Everton being paid £10m once it has performed 20 times. He will commit himself to conclude an agreement for a period of two and a half years, bringing it to the summer of 2024.