Dele Alli clause at centre of Everton talks with Tottenham as future up in air

Everton have opened talks with Spurs over a plan to rescue Dele Alli’s career.

The midfielder has started rehab following an injury setback this summer. The Goodison club had agreed a complex deal with Tottenham to sign the former England star back in January 2022, where they paid nothing up front, but could pay up to £30m depending on appearances.

The first payment of £10m is triggered when Alli plays his 20th game for Everton. He has played just 13 times for the Merseyside club, with only one start.

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But with the Toffees’ current dire financial predicament, there is no chance they will let him reach the 20 mark of appearances, unless they have an agreement with Spurs to waive that fee. Dyche is keen to give him game time, as he looks to offer support to Alli in an attempt to resurrect a career which he admitted had been affected by mental health issues relating to his childhood.

Asked if there had been any progress on the situation, Dyche said: “No, not yet. Kev [Thelwell] has had a couple of phone calls, just lightly in the background, [asking Tottenham], ‘Look where do you see it?’ But nothing has changed at the moment.“ He is on the grass but still a long way from being fit.”

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Alli bravely opened up about his troubles, including being abused by his mother’s friend during his childhood. He told Gary Neville’s Overlap show earlier this year: “At six I was molested by my mum's friend who was at the house a lot, my mum was an alcoholic, and then…”

He added: “So that happened at six. I was sent to Africa [where is father lived] to learn discipline, and then I was sent back. Seven I started smoking, eight I started dealing drugs.”

Neville responded: "Selling drugs?" to which the former England international said: “Selling drugs, yeah. An older person told me that they wouldn’t stop a kid on a bike so I’d ride around with my football and underneath I’d have the drugs… Eleven [years old] I was hung off a bridge.”

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