‘Very strange…’ – Reporter drops worrying Everton claim of £100k-a-week star

Everton midfielder Dele Alli could become an expensive signing for the Premier League club if he stays at Goodison Park for a considerable period, according to the Daily Star reporter Paul Brown.

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Alli arrived in Merseyside on the last day of January and failed to make a big impression in his first months at the club.

What is the deal in place between Everton and Tottenham for Alli?

Everton and Tottenham reached an agreement for Alli on deadline day in January, and when the deal was announced it looked like a bargain from the Toffees.

It was revealed they would pay no fee to Tottenham initially, and Spurs would only receive their first £10m payment once Alli had made 20 appearances for Everton. So far, Alli has only played seven games under Frank Lampard.

However, taking performance-related add-ons into account, the potential transfer fee could be as high as £40million.

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What did Brown say about Alli’s situation at Everton?

Brown admitted this could prove to be a good signing for Everton if he is not at the club for longer.

However, he hinted it could prove to be a costly mistake if Alli remains on Everton’s books for future seasons.

Brown told GIVEMESPORT: “Dele Alli, they’ve done this very strange, almost payoff deal that’s been a great deal, but obviously will get quite expensive if he stays around for a very long time.”

Could Alli be Everton’s latest expensive flop?

Everton haven’t been afraid to splash the cash in recent years.

At the start of the 2019/20 season, they spent a combined total of over £95million on Alex Iwobi, Moise Kean, Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin. Neither of these signings lived up to their prices, and Kean and Gbamin have since been loaned out.

Alli is currently earning £100,000 a week but barely getting a game in an Everton side which are still embroiled in a relegation tumble.

Lampard and the club’s hierarchy are expected to make a decision on Alli’s future in the summer before they have to start paying Tottenham for his services.

If they don’t act quickly, this could be another case of Everton ending up paying more than the odds for a player who failed to live up to expectations.