Newcastle scouts appear to have been so won over by the performances of MK Dons left-winger Dele Alli that the Premier League club now look set to swoop to secure the 18-year-old’s services in January.
When Joe Kinnear and Alan Pardew hit the January sales together, it seems the name Dele Alli will feature on their shopping list.
Whispers from the north-eastern rumour mill suggest the Premier League club have sent scouts to watch the Dons’ starlet strutting his stuff in League One multiple times this season, and have been so impressed they’ve urged the club to pursue his signature in January.
It’s thought that Englishman Alli, is considered a great long-term replacement for Magpies wide man Jonas Gutierrez, and his current boss at the League One club, Karl Robinson, is not shy of his praise for the teenager either.
“I’ve seen him (Alli) do things in training that I’ve never seen before. He scores goals, he wins penalties, back heels, nutmegs, driving inside, winning headers and tackles,” he said.
“He’s got an air of arrogance and confidence about him. He’s one of the best young players in England – fact,” said Robinson recently.
Newcastle ‘s top priority in January, though, remains trying to nail down loan man Loic Remy on a permanent deal.
The Frenchman has been instrumental in the Toon’s good start to their league campaign, hitting five goals in just six starts for the club – which sees him as a tempting outside bet to be top Premier League goalscorer at 28/1.
It’s no secret that Pardew was pursuing the French international striker in January of 2012, before Remy finally opted to join QPR, where he still remains their player.
And the Championship club are unlikely to want to let him leave for anything less than the £8m that they paid Marseille for his services, especially if he carries on finding the net in the top-flight.
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