Turkish publication Takvim report that Besiktas have now identified a potential replacement for former Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli ahead of January.

After his dramatic decline over the last two to three years, Alli would have hoped to get his career back on track and to start enjoying his football again away from the bright lights of the Premier League when he completed a season-loan loan move to Besiktas in the summer.

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However, things have not gone according to plan for the former Spurs star since his switch to Turkey, with the on-loan Everton midfielder having scored just once in seven league appearances in the first part of the 2022-23 campaign (Transfermarkt).

Besiktas manager Senol Gunes even publicly criticised the 26-year-old after hauling him off at half-time in his side’s 5-2 win over Umraniyespor last month (The Sun).

If Takvim’s latest report is to be believed, the Turkish club are already looking beyond the England international. It is asserted that Gunes’ men have identified Sivasspor’s Dia Saba as a potential replacement for Alli in January.

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While Takvim state that Saba has been identified as a replacement for Alli, who could leave in January, they do not specify if it is the former Tottenham man who wants to leave or if Besiktas wish to cut his loan spell short. Given his under-par performances so far this season, I would not be surprised if it is the latter.

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