Everton has completed Dele Alli signing from Tottenham, with the England midfielder becoming Frank Lampard’s second acquisition as Toffees manager.
On Monday, Everton appointed Frank Lampard as their new manager.
However, the club have moved quickly to back the former Chelsea boss, whose initial task is to guide the Merseysiders away from the Premier League relegation scrap.
Donny came in as Lampard’s first signing, with the Netherlands midfielder joining on loan from Manchester United for the rest of the season.
And Everton have further bolstered their midfield options by bringing in Alli, who has endured another frustrating season at Tottenham.
Tottenham did not confirm the trade until more than an hour after the Premier League’s cut-off time of 23:00 GMT, with Everton granted more time to complete the transaction after seeking it.
According to reports, the 25-year-old has agreed to a two-and-a-half-year agreement at Goodison Park.
Dele Alli said:
“I’m delighted to have signed for Everton, a massive club with a great fanbase and history.
“And I’m eager to get started and can’t wait for my first game in an Everton shirt.
“I’m looking forward to helping the team and the opportunity to work with the new manager Frank Lampard.”
One of the brightest talents in the Premier League when he burst onto the scene under Mauricio Pochettino in 2015-16.
Alli’s influence at Spurs has faded in recent seasons.
Alli scored ten top-flight goals in his first season at Spurs and improved that tally to 18 in 2016-17.
However, he has not managed double figures in the league since and went the entirety of last season without finding the net in the competition.
Nuno Espirito Santo used him in a three-man midfield at the start of the season.
He scored from the penalty spot in a win over Wolves in August, though that is the only league goal he has managed in 657 minutes.
And he has not featured regularly under Antonio Conte.
Yet Lampard is seemingly confident he can reinvigorate the former MK Dons player.
In recent seasons, he has also lost his place in Gareth Southgate’s England set-up.
Alli joins an Everton side in 16th place, just four points above the relegation places.
Like Donny, he is cup-tied for Lampard’s first match in charge against Brentford in the FA Cup on Saturday.
But his debut could come against fellow strugglers Newcastle United on February 8.
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