Confirmation today from Karl Robinson, manager of MK Dons, that he believes there is definite interest from Newcastle United in star player Dele Alli.
The attacking midfielder has already scored 11 goals so far this season from the middle of the park and at only 18 years of age is only expected to get better and better.
Robinson has already stated amidst much reported interest from various Premier League club, that even if the player was sold in this January transfer window, it would only be on condition that he was loaned back for the rest of the season.
Something that no doubt Mike Ashley would have no scruples about after seemingly having written off the rest of Newcastle United’s season, with no manager appointed since Alan Pardew walked out a month ago, or investment in the team so far in this window.
Newcastle have been linked with Dele Alli for some time and he has represented England at Under 17, under 18 and under 19 level, underlining the promise the 6ft 2 midfielder has shown.
Talking to BBC Three Counties Radio, his manager Karl Robinson has suggested that Newcastle might just act in this transfer window, though again he is adamant that he must have access to the player for the rest of the season. MK Dons are currently third in League One and have a great chance of moving up into the Championship with Dele Alli’s help and goals.
“Obviously there’s been a lot of talk about Dele Alli and Newcastle United.
“I don’t think it is just paper talk – I think it is a bit more than that, but it is nothing we have heard about yet.”
A transfer fee of up to £9m has been speculated but if Newcastle are to sign any kind of quality home grown players, then catchig them early and paying what it takes appears to be the only chance of signing Premier League quality English players.
As an aside, Swindon have just signed Devante Cole on loan from Manchester City to play alongside Dele Alli, the nineteen year old striker is the son of former Newcastle striker Andy Cole.
Fingers crossed because a signing like Dele Alli would give everybody a much needed lift at Newcastle, hopefully the potential sell-on value will make Mike Ashley’s eyes light up as well.