Newcastle Close To Signing Top Young English Midfielder


We don’t think we will get many – if any – players through the door in this January transfer window – but if we do get players in – they are likely to be good up and coming young players , who can improve on Tyneside.

Dele Alli

Dele Alli – 18 year-old MK Dons midfielder

And there is a report in Goal today that Newcastle are trying to bring MK Dons central midfielder Dele Alli into the club this month, and we have been linked with the youngster for about a year now.

The 18 year-old 6’2″ tall player looks like a great player in the making,  so if Newcastle can get him to Newcastle, either this month or in the summer, it would be a coup for the club.

Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Manchester United are just three of some top clubs who are said to be after the youngster, and Dele has scored 10 goals in 28 appearances this season, and he was a star man in the MK Dons 4-0 humiliation of Manchester United in the Capital One Cup back in August.

The attacking midfielder has played a total of 71 times for his club with 18 goals, and there was news in early December that Newcastle United had beaten off other top clubs, and were expected to win the race to sign the youngster.

Alli looks set to leave the MK Dons, who are pushing for promotion from League One and are currently in 3rd position on 48 points from 24 games,  and they are 6 points behind second top Bristol City and an automatic promotion spot.

But we would be very surprised if his club are willing to let their young star player leave this month, so Newcastle may have to wait until the summer.

Dele has played for England at the U17, U18 and U19 levels – and recently got a call-up for the England U21 side – and he is regarded as one of the best young talents in England and made his debut for MK Dons as a 16 year-old.

Alli seems to be one of a number of young English players Newcastle have been linked with over the last twelve months.

He would be a great signing for Newcastle if we can get him to Tyneside.

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73 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 22, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Phew, I was getting worried about our lack of options in central midfield.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Lil,
    Just what we need !

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 22, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Lil…I share your relief. I still haven’t given up on the dream of a team made up of CM’s and LB’s only.

    I hope he isn’t too expensive. Can’t be spending money we don’t have and we all know we have no dispensible income…right?

    Oh wait, it’s not we don’t have money, we have too many players! Silly me. Best get rid of a CB.

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  • Wayayman

    Jan 22, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Well said, Lilongwe. I too was concerned that the club couldn’t see where our weaknesses are, so I’m relieved we’re looking at bringing in a central midfielder at last. It makes me feel so much more confident in our new caretaker/long term coach now I know that he’s got a handle on things.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #5

    That’s why they think we’re stupid, none of us can see the bigger picture, this lad has the potential to be worth 10M ifive years time.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 22, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Just remember that regime now, he could have great sell on value.

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  • goommy

    Jan 22, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Wow, this lad was something. Get him!!

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 22, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Nee chance we’ll get this lad. And they’ll probably want 8-10m now, has the potential to be worth 25m in 3-4 years. Didn’t look out of place when they thrashed man utd.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jan 22, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #9

    It makes sense to buy potentially talented young Brit players…. because teams in the Champions League will always pay through the teeth for them… just ask Liverpool and Andy Carroll 🙂

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 22, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza,
    Screw John Hall’s team of Geordies. A team of left backs and central midfielders is what most go to bed dreaming about. Who said the club aren’t ambitious!

    Seriously though, the kid is a decent player, but MK Dons quoted £5million for him 18month ago, before he was scoring regularly for their first team. Yes, we have that money within the club, but a lack of willingness to spend, and the money being better spent elsewhere surely mean this is not a sensible option.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Super Shearer,
    It makes equally good sense to buy a commanding CB to shore up one of the worst defences in the PL.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 22, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Jail,
    You’d be looking at parting with £10million now. So if we got him, after working with Carver and Stone for a few years he has the potential to be worth £5mill! 😉

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 22, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Lil

    I don’t mind us selling players but that seems to be our primary goal, others clubs see sit as a necessary evil.

    Look at when we sell players, Carroll, Ba and Cabaye all left in January. Carroll is an exception was totally out the blue and crazy money so fair enough. But when you get 35 mil surely you can get a quality forward in even if you pay a little over the odds, we were left with best, shola and lovenkrands.

    With Ba and Cabaye there was talk of them wanting out in the previous summer, Ba had a release clause and deal was done with cabaye, so surely there should have been some planning to have players lined up to get in when they went.

    Like I say, selling players is something all clubs do, it’s when, why, how prepared you are to replace them and what quality of player comes in.

    We sell a player then 6 months later by a young lad to develop to fill his place, so without a top player for maybe 1-2 years in that area.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #15

    We’ll pretend we’re interested, hopefully plant a seed and hope he’s a greedy little oik who’ll refuse a new deal and join us for free in two years time, if not we’ll move on to the next greedy little oik.

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  • lesh

    Jan 22, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #16

    If Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Manchester United are interested in this kid, why on earth would he want to come here? Although now Pardew’s gone, he’d stand a better chance of developing.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jan 22, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #17

    @ Jail – yes it does… but we have to keep things in the realms of possibility.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #18

    Sage,
    Yeah, but Southampton have operated as a production line for a number of years, going back to 2005/06 when they started to produce top players. There isn’t an issue with us operating that model, Southampton have used it to improve the entire club and personnel.

    Our issue is the re investment. It was more the way you just phrased it as we were a production line. I don’t see that as a problem, as long as monies are reinvested.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 22, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #19

    We’ve just had a statement from the oh so powerful ones mouth piece saying we’re not doing business in January, now we’re getting linked with Remy and Dele Alli.
    Usual bull.

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 22, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Diligently following the Arsenal footballing model and still wondering why they don’t buy any of our midfielders, weird?

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  • nufc 11

    Jan 22, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #21

    I guess we found our relacement for moussa what a bisinessman mike ashley really is.

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 22, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #22

    this lad will without doubt be a great signing however ! bye bye sissy if it happens i’m guessing.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 22, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #23

    lil

    But southampton aren’t primarily a production line, they use players they develop to make money to reinvest in building and improving a team.

    we aim to stagnate with our top ten target and sell.

    southampton have bought proven players too, like pelle, ellia (loaned), tadic, etc

    they also didn’t sell schneiderlin as they knew he couldn’t be replaced at that time, we simply sold players without even thinking about replacements for 6 months.

    Very big difference in my opinion.

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  • stan anderson

    Jan 22, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Where are all these links coming from someone on a game called footy manager.
    We are linked with hundreds of players and dozens of coaches/managers,but not much materialises does it.
    Incidentally that Lee Charnley looks like the kid who you wanted to beat up at school.Looks dont deceive in his case..

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  • robertsleftfoot

    Jan 22, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #25

    hope he can play centre half/cente forward as well

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  • hibbit

    Jan 22, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #26

    and left back you can’t have to many left back’s

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 22, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #27

    One word:

    Amateurs!

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  • Mr Magpie

    Jan 22, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #28

    At Southampton the other main difference is they use their academy to train the youngsters, develop them to when they think they are ready for the first team……then actually play them & give them a run of games to prove themselves.

    We have not been doing that until very recently with Aarons & Armstrong. In the case of players like Williamson that we can all see they are not of the quality to be playing this is where we should be bringing in Good or Satka to give opportunities in the first team.

    If this is the model the club are using in buying younger players then opportunities need to be given ad apposed to playing players like Colo, Williamson etc & still conceding 3 or 4 goals.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 22, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #29

    How on earth can NUFC be going after a CMF???
    It’s the only position where we DON’T need a player ffs!!

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  • geordie157

    Jan 22, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #30

    transfer links used to be exciting, now its just the same old names every window.

    So we’ll get the links with Gignac next week.

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  • geordie157

    Jan 22, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #31

    although Tiote out Alli in would be aright.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 22, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #32

    It couldn’t happen could it.
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    Unlike Pardew, De Boer is perceived to be a coach who favours attractive, attacking football and who is capable of improving player on the training pitch.

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    Now just hav to persuade Carver, stone and woodman to give way to FDB and Bergkamp in the interests of the club. lol…!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 22, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #33

    mr magpie

    spot on

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  • toon kk

    Jan 22, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #34

    What’s sad is MA is slowly but surely lowering people’s expectations of the club and many have just accepted we can’t compete.

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 22, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #35

    would ali be included in the 25 man squad with him being english and u21 ?

    if not it would be ideal if he was tiote’s replacement then we could bring lescalles back seing as he’s not wanted or needed at forest !

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 22, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #36

    72

    got no problem developing youngsters and selling them on for max profit down the line as long as the ongoing scouting to re-stock and coaching is top notch all the way through. it seems a garde or fdb could do that

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  • Thump

    Jan 22, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Another young lad filled will potential that we can ruin the career of. yay.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 22, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #38

    lilo at 12

    had to laugh but tragically true

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 22, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #39

    tbf we could do with losing tiote/anita/vukic so that bigi can start pushing for first team.

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  • JamesToon

    Jan 22, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Anyone know any truth in the reports that De Boer is interested in the head coach position at NUFC in the summer?

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