Newcastle transfer news: Sky Sports reporter makes Dele Alli revelation – ‘It’s FACT’

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Newcastle transfer news: Sky Sports reporter makes Dele Alli revelation – 'It's FACT'
 Alli, 22, joined Tottenham in February 2015 on deadline day before loaning him back to MK Dons as part of the deal. Born in Milton Keynes, he made his Dons debut as a 16-year-old after progressing through the club's youth set-up. He is now considered one of the most dangerous midfielders in world football – and he could have ended up at St James' Park. Speaking on the Transfer Talk podcast, reporter Aidan Magee said, Dele Alli scored against Manchester United in the League Cup in August 2014.  "He then moved to Tottenham soon after, it came out. That's the sort of signing Manchester United haven't been making since Alex Ferguson left. "A player in League One, you can see he's got potential, they've now got a player who has played in two national tournaments for England and given outstanding service for Tottenham. "He's now worth £60million and they signed him for £4m. "I covered the story at the time. Tottenham were always going to get him." It then prompted Graves to interject and reveal the Toon's interest. "Newcastle were in for him but they wouldn't pay the £4million," he said. Magee then questioned "is that right?" to which Graves replied: "It's fact." Former Tottenham boss David Pleat has previously revealed how he managed to convince the club to sign Alli by badgering Daniel Levy to get the deal done. "MK Dons chairman Peter Winkelman came to the day when he had to satisfy the boy’s ambitions and of course the club’s need to sell," Pleat, who was still involved with the club at the time, told the Mail.  "He sold him to Tottenham for £5m later that month. Other clubs were vying for his signature, most prominently Aston Villa and Newcastle. "That did not surprise me but that was never an option and I thought Winkelman was excellent throughout. He did not play the clubs off against each other and that is to his credit. "I think over time my consistent, positive reports and my constant verbal batterings held sway when Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy sought assurances over value." "It was the last day of the January window when Tottenham bought him and the deal included an immediate loan back. It was to Tottenham’s credit that they moved quickly and the chairman admirably agreed to pay all the fee on the nose."

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