Southampton had ‘shown an interest’ in former Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli on transfer deadline day, according to a report by The Telegraph.
The Lowdown: Dele’s January transfer fiasco
January saw many rumours arise as to where Alli would end up following the closure of the transfer window. The 25-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Newcastle United, who set to work building their new squad following unprecedented Saudi investment.
Despite being the most prominent rumour, they were not the only Premier League club linked with a late move for the midfielder. Crystal Palace were also said to be interested in the former England international and were hoping to complete a loan deal until the end of the season.
Deadline day also saw prominent interest emerge from overseas. The Athletic reported that La Liga side Valencia were interested in signing the 25-year-old on loan, with the Spanish club heavily considering this proposition.
However, it was Everton who ultimately secured the midfielder’s services on a permanent deal. The two clubs agreed on an initial free transfer, with the Toffees paying £10m once he plays 20 games, with further performance-related add-ons potentially totalling up to £40m.
The Latest: Alli’s wages were ‘an issue’ for Saints
However, The Telegraph have reported that whilst Saints had ‘shown an interest in Alli’, his wages – which were in excess of £100,000 per week – had ‘proven to be an issue’ for the club.
The Verdict: Wasted opportunity
Once lauded “good enough for Real Madrid” by Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos, it seems ridiculous that Southampton would not have gone in for the Spurs playmaker. This sits particularly true as his Everton transfer has been agreed to be initially free, with a £10m fee following clauses being met.
Alli could have been of real use to Hasenhuttl, as he would’ve bolstered the Saints’ attacking options with proven Premier League quality. Therefore, if Southampton want to push higher up the table, the club will need to be willing to meet high wage demands if they truly want to attract Europe’s top talent.
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