Danny Mills has urged West Ham United to sign the “new Lingard” Dele Alli in January, suggesting the Tottenham outcast could be a valuable addition.
Dele Alli could be on the market as soon as the new approaches, with Antonio Conte not considering the attacking midfielder in his plans. It has been a difficult few years for the Tottenham star, who has suffered a terrible loss in form, particularly since the departure of former boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Alli failed to convince the next set of managers in Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo, even though the latter used him fairly regularly in his four months in charge. However, he might need to move and resurrect his stuttering career. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is reportedly willing to sanction a move in January or the summer.
Newcastle United have been linked with him in recent weeks as Eddie Howe looks for solutions from the transfer market to avoid relegation. From the looks of their deeply worsening position with each passing matchday, it is highly unlikely the Magpies will remain in the Premier League, which will hurt their chances to sign their desired transfer targets.
Another option for Alli could be a move across London to West Ham United. Former Tottenham defender Alan Hutton recently explained why a departure would benefit the midfielder, although it is still unclear whether David Moyes fancies the out of form Tottenham star.
Now, Danny Mills has given his reasons for West Ham to make a move for Alli, suggesting he could be the “new Lingard”. Speaking to Football Insider, Mills urged David Moyes to sign up the Tottenham star, claiming his style of play could complement that of Michail Antonio in the final third.
Mills said, “A little bit like Lingard. With David Moyes, you think, ‘Wow, look what Moyes did to Jesse Lingard. If Dele Alli is prepared to work hard, then there is no better manager than David Moyes. They need that sort of player; they need that sort of attacking player in their ranks. That would be a good move.”
“Newcastle? Is he going to get enough of the ball? Is he going to get frustrated by that? I would suggest West Ham. He wouldn’t have to move house. If I were West Ham, I’d be having a serious look at him. Of course, he’s got to be right, and his attitude has got to be right, but that would be a decent move for both if they can make it work.”
“Just go on loan for the rest of the season. There are some good coaches at West Ham, and they are in good form. If you could bring Dele Alli off the bench to supplement Antonio, why wouldn’t you? You could probably get him out relatively cheap too.”
West Ham are reportedly interested in signing Jesse Lingard again, after failing to finalise a move in the previous window. The Manchester United midfielder is considered a better option than Alli and others, especially after he fired them into UEFA Europa League contention by scoring nine goals in the second half of last season. However, it remains to be seen if West Ham sign Alli instead.