Report: Tottenham midfielder ‘granted permission’ to leave, Everton ‘interested’

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Dele Alli could be on his way out of Tottenham before the January transfer window shuts, with 90min revealing he’s been ‘granted permission’ to leave on deadline day. The 25-year-old has struggled for form and playing time under Antonio Conte, so a temporary switch away might be just what he needs to turn his career around.

Dele has made 18/37 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals with one assist. The England international has amassed just 1042 minutes of playing time from a possible 3330, spending most of the season on the bench or out of the matchday squad. Conte prefers a midfield of Oliver Skipp, Harry Winks and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, so the writing is on the wall for Dele.

90min say Everton, Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain are ‘interested’ in the playmaker, but it remains to be seen which club actually makes an official approach. Dele’s contract in North London runs until 2024, so Spurs aren’t in an immediate rush to cash in. If he’s granted a loan move away until the summer, it would benefit all parties.

The 25-year-old could get first-team football for a handful of months and Tottenham could have his wages covered. If Dele can impress, he might give Conte a selection headache upon his return, potentially getting back into the team next season.

Jesse Lingard shone during a short-term spell at West Ham in 2021, scoring nine goals and making five assists in 16 Premier League games, so why couldn’t Dele do the same? It’s clear his face doesn’t fit at Tottenham, playing in just four of their last 17 league games, so why not weigh up all the interest?

Newcastle are one of the richest clubs in Europe following their takeover, but they’re currently in the relegation zone. Everton are only two places and four points ahead in the table, so they might not be the most attractive proposition either. PSG are 11 points clear in Ligue 1 and are managed by Mauricio Pochettino, so might Dele fancy them more than the Premier League duo?