Pundit Frank McAvennie has urged Newcastle to launch a move for Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, Football Insider report.
The Lowdown: Alli to leave, Newcastle in contact
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Alli has featured in just two minutes of Premier League action under Conte, with Tottenham allegedly open to loan, loan-to-buy or permanent transfers.
Reports from Teamtalk have revealed that the Magpies have been in contact with Spurs regarding a move for Alli and would want an option to buy, as long as they avoid relegation.
The Latest: McAvennie’s claim
McAvennie was talking to Football Insider regarding the news on Alli.
He appeared to urge Newcastle to follow through with the approach and launch a move for the attacking midfielder, although he did have one concern in regards to being involved in a relegation battle.
“He’s a good player, there’s no doubting that.
“Going to Newcastle? What an asset he would be to them if he got his form back.
“If he plays as well as we know he can, he is the man to save them.
“What concerns me is whether you want him in the trenches with you.
“Is he going to put his foot in and do the dirty work in a relegation fight?
“I’m not saying he won’t or can’t. We have just never seen it before.
“If the option is there for Newcastle and they have already secured the new defenders they need.
“I think they could do a lot worse than getting Alli in, even on loan.
“He can be phenomenal on his day.”
The Verdict: Sign
A loan with an option to buy next season, as long as Eddie Howe keeps Newcastle in the Premier League, seems to be a smart move.
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