Newcastle were linked with a move to sign Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli back in October.
What’s the story regarding Alli to Newcastle?
It was a strange rumour, to say the least. For starters, it came from the Spanish press and quite how they’d be so sure of a deal involving two English clubs is open for discussion.
Alli is out of favour at Tottenham and has shown little to suggest that Antonio Conte will hand him a reprieve.
That could open the door for several clubs to make their move in January.
Has there been a development regarding Alli?
There certainly has. The Athletic are claiming today that Conte has made his mind up on Alli and will let him leave on loan in January.
Daniel Levy has previously refused to let the 25-year-old depart but that stance could now join.
Given a sizeable transfer valuation, it’s unlikely that Tottenham will sell him next month, with a loan far more likely.
In total, Alli has played 265 times for Spurs since signing from MK Dons in 2016. He has scored 67 goals and claimed 61 assists.
This term he has started just 10 games in all competitions.
Should Newcastle move for Alli?
Quite simply, no.
That may come as a surprise to fans of Newcastle but can they really take a risk on a luxury player given the current predicament.
Alli has proven that on his day he can be a class act but those days are all too infrequent at the moment.
Newcastle need players to come in who will be willing to fight for three points each and every week.
There is a reasonable argument to suggest that Alli wouldn’t fancy a relegation dog fight anyway and landing him would perhaps represent too much of a risk.
Alli has a wage of £100,000-a-week. If Newcastle are going to fork out that sort of money for a loan; perhaps there are better options out there.