By Adefunmiloye Alani

25th Jan, 2022 | 7:10pm

Dele Alli wants to know Everton next manager before January decision

Joining Everton this month could be an option for Tottenham Hotspur attacking midfielder Dele Alli, according to Fabrizio Romano on Gazzetta Dello FIVE.

However, the 25-year-old wants to know who will succeed Rafa Benitez at Goodison Park before making a decision.

Alli is out of favour under Antonio Conte at Spurs, and he has been linked with an exit this winter, with the Toffees one of those keen on recruiting his services.

Romano said on Gazzetta Dello FIVE: “Everton is another possibility, but it’s not a priority now, because of course, the player wants to understand who will be the manager and what’s going to happen with Everton before saying yes and joining or not.

“I’m sure he’s one of the players to watch in the final days.”

Move on the cards?

The Blues have been linked with several names as they look to land a permanent manager, but they do not have a lot of time left if they want their next boss to make his own transfers.

Whoever comes in will have the final say on Alli joining on not, and while any manager would have grabbed the chance with both hands when the England international was firing on all cylinders a couple of seasons ago, a lot of things have changed since.

The Spurs star has been involved in two goals and an assist in 17 games across all competitions this season, and signing him would be a gamble.

Some hard truth and a change of environment could do the trick for the former MK Dons ace, but nothing is guaranteed.

The incoming Everton manager has to hit the ground running, and whether he would be keen on such a player remains to be seen.

Alli is looking to recover the form that saw him bag 40 league goals and 24 assists between 2016 and 2020, and the Toffees will be striking gold if that is able to happen at Goodison Park.

They need to appoint a manager first for any move to happen, though.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are plotting January loan-to-buy bid for centre-mid hailed by Jack Grealish last month.

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