Spurs outcast Dele Alli has been linked with shock West Ham move in January and Tottenham won’t stand in his way, but it doesn’t add up.
If you didn’t know the January transfer window was just around the corner then you will now as the gossip, rumours and tittle tattle goes into overdrive with both West Ham and Tottenham in the mix for new signings.
According to Eurosport West Ham are seriously considering a move for Alli as an alternative to Jesse Lingard.
The report claims Tottenham will not stand in Alli’s way if West Ham do make a move.
“West Ham are also watching the situation – yet their circumstances, like Newcastle’s, depends on how they get on with a pursuit of Jesse Lingard,” Eurosport reports.
Alli has completely lost his way at Spurs. Once linked with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, the former England midfielder has faded into obscurity in North London under Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and now Antonio Conte.
There is no doubting Alli has star quality.
Spurs outcast Dele Alli linked with shock West Ham move in January but it doesn’t add up
And West Ham boss David Moyes has proved he can rejuvenate careers and get the best out of inconsistent or underperforming players.
The likes of Marko Arnautovic and Lingard are prime examples.
But the Alli to West Ham rumour simply doesn’t add up for two big reasons.
Firstly Alli does not in any way fit Moyes’s recruitment policy. The Scot has made it clear he wants to continue to build West Ham around young, talented players hungry to prove themselves at the top level.
The players Moyes wants must also be of outstanding character and willing to work their socks off for the team.
The likes of Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek are prime examples of the profile of player the West Ham boss looks to bring to the club.
Everything we have seen regarding Alli over the last few years suggests he does not tick any of those boxes.
Indeed Moyes brought in Rob Newman as West Ham’s head of recruitment from Man City tasked with finding gems who fit his philosophy.
So it is highly unlikely that Alli would crop up in their plans.
Another big reason why the Tottenham outcast is highly unlikely to move to West Ham is the fact the two bitter rivals rarely ever do business.
Players had moved between Spurs and the Hammers relatively regularly down the years.
But when Daniel Levy pulled the rug on West Ham’s deadline day move for Emmanuel Adebayor back in 2015, it put the deep freeze on an already frosty relationship at boardroom level.
That’s after the Hammers called in police back in 2011 to investigate allegations that London rivals Tottenham used corporate espionage during the battle for the Olympic stadium (The Times).
It would be intriguing to see if Moyes could get a tune out of someone like Alli. But as far as transfer rumours go this one probably belongs in the bin.