Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast this week, former Newcastle man Rob Lee has claimed that Dele Alli would be an ideal signing for the Magpies.
The Tottenham attacking midfielder has been out of Jose Mourinho’s plans for the vast majority of the season after failing to secure a move to PSG last summer.
A move to the Parisians looked to be on the cards in January too, but now it appears as though he could well stay in north London unless Spurs can find a replacement.
However, Newcastle are another suitor who have reportedly pondered a move for the England international.
That was something that Lee was quizzed on this week and when asked by FFC whether he’d be a good acquisition at St James’ Park, he commented:
“I’d love to see him at Newcastle. I think he’d be ideal. They need a creative player and they can have Wilson upfront with him (playing) off.”
Whether Steve Bruce’s side would be able to afford Alli’s wages is a point of debate as the England international, who is valued at £34.2m by Transfermarkt, is on a pretty hefty salary.
The 24-year-old currently earns £100,000 a week in London. That being said, if Newcastle have ambitions of improving their wretched 11-game streak without winning, they may need to bring these type of players to the northeast.
A further issue, meanwhile, is that Dele apparently isn’t too keen on the move himself. Consequently, it’s difficult to see this one going through before the transfer deadline passes on Monday, as much as Lee would like to see it happen.
The attacking midfielder has played just four times in the Premier League this season so if he’s to have any chance of making a late dash towards Gareth Southgate’s plans for the Euros, he will almost certainly need to find a move.
For Alli, he’d likely be a regular under Bruce. Perhaps he ought to rethink his decision of not fancying the Magpies in the closing days of the window?