Dele Alli features on Newcastle United’s list of potential targets following their big-money takeover, recent reports have suggested.
Newcastle’s ownership recently changed hands from the unpopular Mike Ashley to a Saudi-backed consortium. Now with huge financial power behind them, Newcastle are expected to show more ambition in the transfer market.
Amanda Staveley, one of the key figures in the consortium, has already said they will be in the market for world-class players. It is a long-term project, though, so they may have to settle for out-of-favour squad members of big clubs to bridge the gap.
While Newcastle already have the finances to tempt big players, their sporting project will take time. Currently in the relegation zone, they may struggle to attract top talent immediately in January.
But several players could view them as an opportunity to relaunch their careers. With that in mind, they have been linked with players who have fallen down the pecking orders at various clubs, such as Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek or Juventus’ Aaron Ramsey.
But another midfielder that has emerged onto their radar, as reported by Diario Sport, is Alli.
The future looked bright for Alli when he made a positive impact after his move from MK Dons to Tottenham Hotspur in 2015. He became an England international that same year and now has 37 caps to his name.
But the last of those came in 2019 and he has suffered a decline in form at club level since. Alli failed to score a Premier League goal from 15 appearances last season after falling to the fringes under Jose Mourinho.
New coach Nuno Espirito Santo has shown him more faith, giving him six starts from their opening seven league games. However, his long-term future still remains unclear.
Alli has two goals and one assist across all competitions so far this season. But there have still been reports that Tottenham could cash in on him in 2022.
Daniel Levy’s plan is reportedly to wait until the summer to sell Alli, hoping his value may have increased by then. Although whatever they make on Alli is likely to be profit since he cost them just £5m, the Tottenham chairman still wants a decent fee.
After the last couple of years, Alli’s value has plummeted. Consequently, Levy did not want to sanction his exit for a cut-price fee. If he can regain some form, though, he may consider letting him go next year.
In that case, Newcastle could give them something to think about – potentially ahead of Spurs’ schedule.
Sport do not provide many details about the Magpies’ interest in Alli, merely that he is on their shortlist. But it does seem a sensible move if Alli feels he needs to express himself elsewhere.
Newcastle offered transfer advice
Meanwhile, former England defender Rio Ferdinand has been speaking about the kind of players Newcastle should be targeting.
The ex-Man Utd man advised them to follow a path that may take them to players like Alli, namechecking some of his own ideas.
Ferdinand said: “I’d be going to try and make like a mad couple of signings, like huge, that I think would be gettable.
“I’d be looking at people like Raheem Sterling. Raheem Sterling’s not playing regularly, I’d go ask him the question. I’d go and ask Declan Rice, “What’s going on?”
“Them two would be the first two on my list, and I’d go all out to go and get them. And then I’d be trying to get people like Jesse Lingard, who’s in and around the Man United squad.
“It’s unrealistic until you ask the question. I’d be going out there to get answers from these types of players and then you work your way down your list.
“[Kylian Mbappe] is just dreamland, but there’s people that would be on the periphery of the Man United squad, the Chelsea squad, the City squad. I’d be looking at players like that, I’d be all over those types of players.
“And then I’d be wanting to unearth some young talents probably from around the world that you think would be able to mix and blend in to that.
“Do you know who I’d go out and get now as well? I’d be going mad for young, English talent. The best young, English talent.
“Max Aarons, the right-back at Norwich, Under-21 player. Conor Gallagher, straight in there. Get him in there. They’re two names, straight away, young kids who I’d say they’re coming into Newcastle. I want young, English talent. Newcastle are an English club, I’d want a young core of English players.”