By Sam Stone

17th Aug, 2022 | 6:40pm

Everton: Dele Alli agrees to pay cut to join Besiktas on-loan

Dele Alli has agreed to take a pay cut and move to Besiktas on loan as the Everton midfielder looks set to depart Goodison Park according to Foot Mercato.

The Express suggested (August 17, page 49) that Alli is yet to make up his mind about his next club.

However, it appears that the midfielder has decided, with Footmercato revealing on Tuesday 16 August, that Alli is very keen to make the move to the Turkish side.

It’s also understood that the 26-year-old is happy to take a reduced salary in order to end his time at Goodison Park.

Awful move

It is clear that Everton are trying to offload Alli in order to avoid paying any of the potential add-ons that were included in his January move from Tottenham.

However, on the whole, his move to Goodison Park has to go down as one of the worst transfers in recent memory for Everton and Frank Lampard.

He is the perfect example of everything that was wrong with Everton’s transfer business in recent years with Alli being an underperforming, declining and high-earning player.

Alli was exactly what the club didn’t need when they were fighting relegation in the 2021/22 season.

It’s clear that his career is on the decline and that he needs to get away from the pressure of English football and the English media.

It’s a move that the Toffees should never have made and the club hierarchy will hopefully learn never to target a player in the former Tottenham man’s position ever again.