NEWCASTLE UNITED is said to be targeting a transfer of Dele Alli after boss Eddie Howe changed his mind about the Tottenham player.
Premier League fighters are desperate for reinforcements in attack despite being ready £25m for Chris Wood from Burnley.
He is Newcastle’s second January signing after catching wing-back Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid – but they want more additions to keep them alive.
Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard continues to be linked with a move to St. James ‘Park’ though the central half is arguably Howe’s most interested area.
That led to him initially choosing against switching to Alli – now Football Insider claim the Toon boss has made a turn and punish a move towards the England international.
They say ‘preliminary talks’ between Newcastle and Tottenham have begun as Antonio Conte is also looking to raise funds for an overhaul at Spurs.
Alli, 25, burst onto the scene with his performances as a teenager at MK Dons and made his own move to the North London side in 2015.
The strike failed as he quickly became one of Spurs’ deadliest weapons and was quickly rewarded with an England cap.
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He continued to flourish under Mauricio Pochettino but his form declined significantly under his successors Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and now Conte.
And while his record of 51 goals in 181 appearances is still impressive, it seems Spurs are ready to sell him and bring in a new bloodline.
Midfielders Tanguy Ndombele and Steven Bergwijn are two others believed to be for sale.
Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano even claimed last week that Alli could be part of a swap deal.
“The problem is about selling players,” he said. They need to sell players.
“So they wanted Ndombele to leave the club, they offered him to Roma, but Roma are looking for other players.
“They need the same for Bergwijn. He is leaving club Ajax interested in a move. Let’s see if they can do it.
“Also, Dele Alli. Keep an eye on him as they are still looking for a solution and some swap could be the solution.”
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