Tottenham Hotspur are now favourite to sign highly-rated England Under-19 midfielder Bamidele Jermaine Alli from Football League side Milton Keynes Dons.
Newcastle United had been in pole position to sign the 18-year-old, with the Daily Mail reporting last month that a £4million transfer fee (plus £1m add-on fee) has already been agreed with the League One outfit.
But Spurs are now upbeat on completing a surprise coup for the youngster before Monday 23:00 GMT deadline in England.
What is not yet known is whether the ‘Whites’ are willing to match the £9m asking price for Alli but judging by his contribution to MK Dons so far, any prospective deal is expected to involve a loan back to Stadium:mk for the remainder of the season.
I’m told Spurs and MK Dons have still to agree a fee for Dele Alli. #DeadlineDay
— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) February 2, 2015
Alli, who is eligible to represent Nigeria, has been a key figure in the Don’s bid to return to the Championship.