In the last few days two clubs have come in to challenge Newcastle for the signing of MK Dons 18 year-old midfielder Dele Alli, and according to the Chronicle this morning, the status last night was said to be touch and go.
Dele Alli – top 18 year-old English midfielder
While there was news a few days ago in the Mirror that said Newcastle had reached an agreement with MK Dons for the teenager for £5M, that could have been true – but it doesn’t say Dele signed – and with Aston Villa and Spurs coming in late, he will presumably listen to their offers.
One story that was raised about a day ago was that Dele did not want to travel too far from his home town of Milton Keynes, but we have no idea if that’s true.
And the MK Dons manager Karl Robinson has talked today, and admitted he doesn’t know which club Dele will sign for by tomorrow night:
“We just don’t know because there are so many permutations of that.” “It’s not how we do our business and we have to make sure that we do right by him.”
“He’s in the midst of all his talk and for him to keep to his level of football with all the hype around him shows you how much of a unique individual he is and he deserves all the success that we know he’s going to get.”
Newcastle’s pitch to the teenager is that he has a much better chance to be playing first team football next season if he joins Newcastle, and they can point to a number of youngsters coming through this season on Tyneside, and getting their chance in the first team.
One player who is a good example for Alli is 21 year-old Ayoze Perez, who joined Newcastle in the summer and has made 25 first team appearances this season with 5 Premier League goals.
We only have to wait 24 hours before we hear which club Dele will select.
It will be very hard to take, if that club is not Newcastle United.
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