Report: Tottenham were left ‘surprised’ by Everton’s offer to sign Dele Alli

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Tottenham were reportedly left surprised by Everton’s offer to sign Dele Alli on deadline day, according to The Athletic. 

Alli completed a switch to the Toffees in the final moments of the transfer window, capping off what was a busy day of movement at Tottenham. 

Spurs allegedly previously said they were open to any offers for the 25-year-old in January (Sky Sports), which later prompted Newcastle to try and hijack Everton’s proposal with a late loan offer (Independent). 

But Everton, under the new guidance of Frank Lampard, managed to complete the permanent transfer of Alli, which brought an end to his seven-year stint in North London. 

However, The Athletic claim that Tottenham were left ‘surprised but satisfied’ at being able to offload Dele, who was surplus to requirements, on a permanent deal.

With Everton already hitting the loan quota through moves for Anwar El Ghazi and Donny van de Beek, they were left little option but to pursue a permanent purchase. 

The report states the deal, which could reach up to £40 million in total, sees Alli move to Merseyside on an initial free transfer before Everton split with any cash. 

Spurs are set to receive £10 million once the England international reaches 20 appearances for the club, while the full value could be paid if he plays 80 games and meets other performance-related bonuses. 

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On the face of it, Tottenham won’t receive anything for Alli for a little while. But if things go well and he clocks up the appearances, it could be a good deal in the end for both Spurs and Alli, who needed a fresh move like this for himself. 

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