The Athletic have revealed that Newcastle manager Eddie Howe is not keen on signing Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli.

Antonio Conte reportedly wants to offload Alli before the transfer window slams shut on Monday (Evening Standard).

The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday that a whole host of Premier League clubs, including the likes of Brighton, Everton and Burnley were keen on snapping up the Tottenham midfielder.

ESPN subsequently suggested that Newcastle could turn their attention to the 25-year-old as a deal to sign Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United was proving to be unfeasible for the Magpies.

However, this claim was contradicted by Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge, who said on the Last Word on Spurs podcast (starting at 57:11) that no club had expressed a concrete interest in signing Alli.

The Athletic have now suggested that, despite suggestions to the contrary, Newcastle do not view Alli as an alternative to Lingard.

This is because Howe is not keen on signing England international due to his struggles over recent seasons.

Spurs Web Opinion

It is a sad indictment of how far Dele has fallen that Spurs are seemingly even finding it difficult to shift him out on loan.

I still expect the 25-year-old to leave before Monday’s deadline but the North London club might have to cover a portion of his wages as the likes of Brighton or Burnley are unlikely to agree to pay the midfielder’s full salary.

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