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Dele Alli joins Everton on a permanent deal from Tottenham Hotspur

England international Dele Alli has signed for Everton on a two-and-a-half-year deal beating Crystal Palace and Newcastle United to his signature.

Crystal Palace only wanted to sign the attacking midfielder on loan and Newcastle tried to hijack the deal late on in the day, but the deal with Everton was too far down the line.

The immediate fee is nothing but when Dele Alli plays 20 games for the club Everton have to pay £10 million to Spurs.

Due to add-ons and bonuses the overall fee for him could rise to £40 million.

Effectively Everton have signed him for free for this season as due to him being cup tied, he can only play 18 games for the rest of the campaign so therefore he will not reach the 20 games until next season.

He started his career at MK Dons in 2011 and played 88 games in all competitions scoring 24 and assisting 17.

However, it was the 2014/15 season that made plenty of teams take notice of Alli as he scored 16 goals in League one and got 11 assists.

Liverpool were strongly interested in him at the time but Spurs beat them to his signature in January 2015 and he was loaned back to MK Dons for the rest of that season.

In the next seven years Alli went onto play 269 games for Tottenham scoring 67 goals and assisting 61.

He excelled under Mauricio Pochettino getting 105 of his goal contributions under the Argentine with his best goalscoring season in the Premier League coming in the 2016/17 season.

Dele, as he prefers to be known as, scored 18 league goals and he will be hoping to get back to that immense form under Frank Lampard.

This season he has scored one goal from the penalty spot against Wolves in the Premier League and has only played 10 league games having fallen out of favour under manager Antonio Conte.

He is yet to win a major honour in his career having lost the Champions League final in 2019 and also the League Cup final in 2021.

However he has won PFA young player of the year award on two occasions in back-to-back seasons in 2015/16 and 2016/17.

The midfielder has got 37 England caps with three international goals.

On joining the Blues he said:

“I’m delighted to have signed for Everton, a huge club with a great fanbase and history.

“I’m eager to get started and can’t wait for my first game in an Everton shirt.

“I’m looking forward to helping the team and the opportunity to work with the new manager Frank Lampard.”

He could potentially make his debut for his new club in a must win league game against Newcastle as he is cup tied for the FA Cup game against Brentford.

READ MORE: Donny Van De Beek becomes Frank Lampard’s first signing as Everton boss

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